Yarmouth County Museum to host talk on slave castles, Black Loyalists

Presentation Feb. 15 on harsh history of slaves and conquering hardships

Published on February 14, 2017
One of two new touring exhibits at the Yarmouth County Museum tells the story of the Black Loyalists.
Carla Allen

YARMOUTH - One of two new touring exhibits at the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives tells the story of Bunce Island through illustrated panels.

Administrative assistant Joshua Brown will be giving a talk on the subject, as well as the Black Loyalists exhibit, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments and tea will be served.

Located in the Sierra Leone River, Bunce Island was used to hold tens of thousands of Africans in the 18th century for shipment to the North American colonies of South Carolina and Georgia, to be forced into slavery.

The informative panels provide the history and show the commercialization of people, says Brown.

Yarmouth County Museum administrative assistant Joshua Brown will be giving a talk on slave castles and Black Loyalists on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

©Carla Allen

“There’s no other way to explain it, really,” he said.

“You see them as a commodity, essentially as workers and pieces of meat to be sold to the highest bidder.

“It’s a hard story to learn, but it’s good to learn about it. It’s like the Holocaust. You have to face it. You can’t run from it. I think you would find most ethnic cultures go through a period like this. It may not be as extreme as this one.”

The Black Loyalist panels cover from pre-1783 to the present time. The exhibit was designed to go to Buxton, Ontario, in early 2000. Brown assisted with its preparation.

“We were sharing our history with them,” he said.

With the International Decade for People of Black Descent taking place 2015-2024, Brown says more talks are planned for the spring and fall on black history.

We’re not going to be hemmed into February,” he said.

Future talks will include Africville, Maroons and the late arrivals in Cape Breton, who were sent to work in coalmines.