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Birchtown, Nova Scotia’s Black Loyalist Landing

 

Birchtown sign, The Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, Shelburne, Nova Scotia
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Birchtown sign, The Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, Shelburne, Nova Scotia

 Birchtown, on Shelburne Harbour, was the site of the first and largest free black settlement in Canada.

The Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, in an old schoolhouse, commemorates the Black Loyalists who arrived here in the 1780s. A larger Black Loyalist Heritage Center is under construction.

The Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, Shelburne, Nova Scotia
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The Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Descendants of these former slaves can research their genealogy here.

The Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, Shelburne, Nova Scotia
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bracelets from Africa, Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, Birchtown, Nova Scotia
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copper bracelets from Africa that fetched as high a price as a slave, Black Loyalist Heritage Society Museum, Birchtown, Nova Scotia

This site also includes the Black Burial grounds, Heritage Wallking Trail, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church. 

St. Paul's Anglican Church, Birchtown, Nova Scotia
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St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Birchtown, Nova Scotia

 

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