Welcome to the 100th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.
As co-chairs of the event, it’s unfortunate that we can’t be with you in person as we had planned, but like many charities during this pandemic we have pivoted and will be offering the event online. While different, the program will be the same. We’ll hear from J-BAE”s (Jesus Before Anyone Else) Beechville Youth, remarks from special guests, and a sneak peak into the refurbishment of the Old Home. We have created a video that will honour our past and hopefully inspire you to join us in our future plans for the site.
On June 6, 1921, the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children opened. It was described at the time as “the greatest event in the history of the colored people of Nova Scotia.” A 1.2 km parade of dignitaries, and a crowd of 3,000 spectators heralded the opening of the Home. This was the single largest gathering of Blacks in Nova Scotia since the arrival of the Loyalists in 1783.
In 2021, we want to match 3,000 spectators again, this time, as viewers of our anniversary event. So please share with friends and family across Canada, to join us on June 6 online on Facebook, YouTube or this website, to watch the anniversary event. You might see some familiar faces, hear new stories and learn about the Home’s past and its future.
Shelley and Debbie
100th Anniversary Co-chairs