Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

Established by the Society for the Protection and Preservation of Black Culture in Nova Scotia in 1983, the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia is located at 10 Cherry Brook Road in Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia.  Its location is purposeful, as Cherry Brook is the oldest Black community in the metropolitan municipality of Halifax.

The purpose of the center, as per its website, is “to protect, preserve and promote the history and culture of African Nova Scotians” and to serve as “… a museum and cultural gathering place, where the rich history of Nova Scotians of African descent can be discovered and explored.”

The concept for the center was initially proposed by Reverend Dr. William Pearly Oliver in 1972.  With its creation, he hoped that it would supplement what Black communities in Nova Scotia lacked and support their further development.  The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Black Culture in Nova Scotia, known simply as the Black Cultural Society, was incorporated in 1977.  Designated as a charitable organization, the Black Cultural Society is comprised of twenty-seven members; one member who represents the African United Baptist Association; the remaining members represent the Black communities of Nova Scotia.