African Heritage

From early settlements of the Black Loyalists to the stories of civil rights heroine Viola Desmond and modern path-maker Burnley “Rocky” Jones, the contributions of African Nova Scotians to our province are rich and varied. 

Explore the culture and history of this strong, vibrant community through Library resources and programs, year-round.

African Heritage Month

Each year in February, the Library, in collaboration with community partners, presents a wide range of cultural and educational programming for all ages to honour and reflect upon all facets of African heritage in our communities.

Visit our African Heritage Month siteopens a new window for a timeline of African Nova Scotian history, resources, and photo galleries from past years.


From African folktales for young children to discussions of social justice and racism, to fiction by notable Black authors, we have a broad collection of materials in all formats on African heritage themes.

Some of our fiction titles are also available as Book Club Kits to help facilitate group discussion.

You can find a large collection of thematically-based book lists on our African Heritage Month site.


The destruction of the community of Africville created a painful legacy that still resonates deeply within our city and province. We have created a mini-guide to resources about the history and impact of Africville.

African History and Culture Display

The fourth floor of Halifax Central Library houses a permanent display featuring library materials, art, and other items relevant to African heritage in our communities.  The rotating display is curated in collaboration with community partners.