Friends and family came together Saturday for a holiday gathering at the Africville Museum in Halifax’s north end.
“Here we are again, just before Christmas, giving thanks, being together and sharing the history, sharing great moments together and looking forward to the future,” said Juanita Peters, general manager of the museum.
Africville was a black community that was historically neglected by Halifax and was condemned in the late 1950s. The museum now stands where there was once a thriving community.
Before the New Horizons Baptist Church children’s choir took the stage Saturday, those in attendance joined together to sing Joy to the World and Silent Night. The children sang other holiday songs, like Happy Birthday Jesus.
Many Africville descendants shared stories and said the theme of the night was “we are blessed.”
After the singing, a prayer and speeches, everyone walked outside to watch the Christmas tree lighting.
Once the tree was lit and photos were taken, people went back inside for a warm meal and were visited by a special guest — Santa Claus.
“It’s never too early to start saying Merry Christmas,” said Pastor Brian Johnston.
The Africville Museum will be open this winter. It’s collecting non-perishables as donations for the food bank.