Community Profiles

Every African Nova Scotian community has a story to tell — from its history and heroes of the past to its achievements and people of today. ANSA is seeking to compile and share these stories. Through the Community Voices program, ANSA aims to have a profile created for each African Nova Scotian community.

Learn about how you can get involved and create a profile for your community.



Founded in 1783, Birchtown was settled by people of African ancestry who were loyal to the British during the American Revolution. Known as the Black Loyalists, they were granted freedom and land after the war. At the time, Birchtown was the largest settlement of free Africans in North America.