Headshot of George Boyd
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Rehearsal Hall 4, Studio Theatre
Sunday, September 10
7:30 to 10 pm
Nova Scotian playwright George Boyd introduces us to the once-flourishing hamlet of Africville, which was Canada’s largest and oldest black community, settled by Black Loyalists in the 1830s.  After decades of denying the tax-paying residents of Africville basic services such as electricity, running water and a proper sewage system, Halifax city officials decided to locate the municipal dump on the settlement's doorstep.  In 1965, on the eve of being bulldozed by the City of Halifax (citing “unsanitary living conditions”), residents in the now slum-like environment struggle to retain their dignity as they face eviction without compensation, forced relocation and the erasure of their legacy in Canada.


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