Africville

Shauntay Grant

ISBN: 9782897502188

Africville

  Author:   Shauntay Grant  
  Artist :   Eva Campbell    
  Publisher:  Bouton d’or Acadie

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she?s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once likeā€”the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits the present-day park and the sundial where her great- grandmother?s name is carved in stone, and celebrates a summer day at the annual Africville Reunion/Festival.

Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing.

Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9782897502188
PublisherBouton d’or Acadie
PublisherBouton d'or Acadie
Published on September 16 2020
Language fre
Pages 32
Format Hardcover
Dimensions8.25(in) x 10.25(in)
Shipping weight359(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Shauntay Grant is a writer and performance artist based in Halifax. She is the author of several books for children including Up Home, winner of an Atlantic Book Award for Best Atlantic Published Book, and Africville, nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

Eva Campbell is an artist and illustrator who teaches visual art and lives in Victoria, British Columbia. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the US, the UK, Barbados and Ghana. She won the Children?s Africana Book Award for her illustrations in The Matatu by Eric Walters.