Cumberland County Heritage Network Society

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

African heritage trailblazers celebrated

The 10-panel exhibit - "Trailblazers 2012 - United We Stand" by Darlene Strong is symbolic of more than 400 years of vibrant African Nova Scotian history, and will be on display at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives for the month of February.

The exhibit expresses collaborations influencing the accomplishments that have helped African Canadians rise above obstacles such as slavery and systemic racism and become specialists in their fields. In commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen's 60th Anniversary, the exhibit reflects on the first African Nova Scotian and second woman to hold the post of Lieutenant Governor as the Queen's representative in Nova Scotia, Honourable Mayann Francis.

The Town of Amherst came on board as a sponsor because it was an opportunity to bring together not only some great artwork and important part of local heritage, but also a way to support local organizations like the museum and artists like Strong, according to Andrew MacGregor, the town of Amherst, NS arts, culture and heritage co-ordinator.

The exhibit will be displayed at the museum during regular business hours throughout the month of February.

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