Halifax Harbour Bridges partners with Africville Heritage Trust

March 8, 2024

Halifax Harbour Bridges is pleased to announce a key partnership with Africville Heritage Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving the stories and legacy of the historic black settlement of Africville. The one-year agreement is part of HHB’s ongoing commitment to support community organizations that make a positive impact in our region through its Key Partnership Program.

“We are thrilled to partner with Africville Heritage Trust to support its mission to promote the history of Africville,” says HHB CEO Tony Wright Tuesday after signing a formal agreement at the museum.

“We Trust to raise awareness about its initiatives and projects, especially the Africville Museum, and to help with its fundraising efforts to continue with their important work.”

As part of the Key Partnership Program, HHB will donate to the Trust all money raised from the $10 entrance fee for its road race, MACPASS Miles. Members of the Trust will be on hand to present the race winner medals. The Trust will have space for a display booth on the Macdonald Bridge during the annual Bridgewalk. Both events are slated for Aug. 4.

HHB will also run a series of Africville-related short stories/photos on its website throughout the year, and promote the work of the Trust through social media and other events.

“We are keenly aware that the loss of Africville is tied by history to the building of the MacKay Bridge,” says Wright, noting that the bridge takes commuters over the former community,

“We see this partnership as an opportunity for us to continue to build meaningful relationships with the descendants of Africville and with all African Nova Scotian communities.”

The program offers an exciting visibility opportunity, says museum Executive Director Juanita Peters.

“This opportunity gives us another opportunity to partner with one of our closest neighbours and to continue to tell the story of Africville, perhaps to audiences that have not heard it before.”

 Each year, a new charitable organization is selected to participate in HHB’s key Partnership Program, which began in 2023 with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division. Interested organizations can find out more by contacting HHB at bridges@hdbc.ns.ca.

Juanita Peters, Executive Director, Africville Museum, joins HHB CEO Tony Wright to sign a one-year partnership agreement