Summary of Halifax Board of School Commissioners material related to Africville
This page contains Board of School Commissioners (102-53) records pertaining to Africville. The Board of School Commissioners was established in 1865 and oversaw the delivery of education in the city through providing schools and teachers. From the early petitioning for a school in the 1880s, to the closure of the Africville School in 1952 and beyond, the records of the Halifax Board of School Commissioners (102-53) provide evidence of the education of the children of Africville.
Meeting dates are hyperlinked to a PDF containing digitized minutes of that session. These are predominantly Board minutes (102-53-2), but also include minutes from the Committee on Teachers (102-53-4) as well as excerpts from Annual Reports (102-53-7) and correspondence (102-53-1).
While every effort has been made to make this guide as comprehensive as possible, it is not exhaustive. Some records, such as the Annual Reports, contain details on salary, school buildings, and attendance that are not included here. Complete minutes and Annual Reports are available to view in person at the Halifax Municipal Archives. Board of School Commissioners records would also be a source of valuable information regarding the general history of segregation in Halifax schools. If anyone has records of the Board of Trustees for the Africville School, the Archives would love to know.