Mathieu Da Costa African Heritage Trail

The Gateway to the African Nova Scotian Experience

Mathieu Da Costa - Port Royal, Nova Scotia

An interpreter of African descent, Da Costa is believed to have traveled throughout the Atlantic World in the late 1500’s and early 1600’s. Located in historic Port Royal, this panel celebrates the life and times of this extraordinary explorer.

Rose Fortune - Petit Parc, Annapolis Royal

An intriguing figure in Nova Scotian history, Rose Fortune was an independent businesswoman of African descent, she demonstrated remarkable character and indomitable resolve in her varied enterprises. This panel provides a unique window into the life of this extraordinary woman. While enAn intriguing figure in Nova Scotian history, Rose Fortune was an independent businesswoman of African descent, she demonstrated remarkable character and indomitable resolve in her varied enterprises. This panel provides a unique window into the life of this extraordinary woman. While enjoying the panel, navigators of the Mathieu Da Costa Heritage Trail are treated to a spectacular view of the Annapolis River.

Inglewood Community - Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

The Mathieu Da Costa African Heritage Trail celebrates the lives of remarkable individuals but also our strong communities. Inglewood Community is one such base. With emphasis placed on education, this community supports it's members with unwaivering commitment. We are pleased to showcase Inglewood as one of the stops on the trail.

W.P. Oliver Commemorative Panel - Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

For over half a century Reverend Dr. W. P. Oliver served Nova Scotia with compassion and vision. One of our greatest leaders, his legacy endures. First-class educator, African Baptist minister, social thinker, Dr. Oliver’s contributions to church, community, family and province are unmatched.

Gibson Woods Community - Gibson Woods Baptist Church, Gibson Woods, Nova Scotia

NESTLED IN THE ANNAPOLIS VALLEY, west of Canning and north of Kentville, is Gibson Woods, named for George Gibson (?–1847) who is believed to have purchased forty acres of land for forty pounds in 1804. Upon his death his land was divided among his five children. Nearby Pine Woods (now Aldershot) settled earlier, was home to Black families bearing the names Jones, Beare, Landsey (Lanzey), Smith, Bell, Powell and Higgins. One well known Pine Woods settler was farmer Elisha Lawrence who, along with wife Amelia, was listed in the 1871 Census. Black families in greater King’s County trace their heritage to ancestors enslaved by early Europeans, Loyalists and New England planters, free Black Loyalists and War of 1812 Black Refugees.
believed to have purchased forty acres of land for forty pounds in 1804. Upon his death his land was divided among his five children. Nearby Pine Woods
(now Aldershot) settled earlier, was home to Black families bearing the names Jones, Beare, Landsey (Lanzey), Smith, Bell, Powell and Higgins. One wellknown
PineWoods settler was farmer Elisha Lawrence who, along with wife Amelia, was listed in the 1871 Census.

Black families in greater King’s County trace their heritage to ancestors enslaved by early Europeans, Loyalists and New England planters, free Black
Loyalists and War of 1812 Black Refugees.

Ben Jackson - Hantsport School, Hantsport, Nova Scotia

Civil War veteran, agrarian entrepreneur, and prominent citizen of Hantsport, Ben Jackson demonstrated a level of personal character and integrity through valour, and commitment to his community. It is fitting that this panel is located at HantsportSchool,which, like Mr.Jackson, is at theheart of the community.

Windsor Plains Community - Windsor Plains Community Centre

WINDSOR PLAINS (INCLUDING THREE AND FIVE MILE PLAINS) The earliest settlers of African descent came to the Windsor Plains area as enslaved servants, prior to and during the era of the New England Planters (1760’s). After the American Revolution, some freed Black Loyalists and others enslaved by white Loyalists, landed in the area. Black Refugees of the War of 1812 arrived between 1814-1816 and began to assert their influence in the Windsor area. Their descendants—Bowens, Crawleys, Gardiners, Grays, Johnsons, Mitchells, Neils, Sampsons, States, Upshaws, and Williams—overcame many odds to make significant contributions to society.

African United Baptist Church - Valleyview Provincial Park

Throughout its' distinguished history, this unique insitution has met the social, cultural, educational, and spiritual needs of its member communities. The African United Baptist Association's (AUBA) Women's Institute, Baptsit Youth Fellowship and Men's Brotherhood provide avenues for leadership development and community outreach. This panel showcases the impact of this organization since its founding to present day.