The Black community After the American Revolution, thousands of Loyalists fled the United States to settle in Nova Scotia, including 3,500 blacks. They were promised grants of land which, in practice, few obtained. Their community, one of the first Black communities in Canada, was marginalized for almost two centuries. Estimated at 19,225, according to the 2006 Census, it now works to recognize its contribution to the history of the province. (See our file: Black History Month)
The story of Black Nova Scotians is a rich tapestry. It’s a story of many diverse groups – Loyalists, Maroons, Caribbeans, Refugees and others – sewn together through a common African ancestry and the search for a better life in Nova Scotia. African Nova Scotian History African Nova Scotians have called Nova Scotia home for centuries.
First female to become a police officer in Canada Rose Fortune (March 13, 1774 – February 20, 1864) Annapolis Royal She was an African woman who came to Annapolis Royal with the Black Loyalists where she became a successful businesswoman and the first female police officer in Canada.