Remembering Black Loyalists, Black Communities (Gr. 7)


This program is especially relevant during African Heritage Month, February.

Students follow the footsteps of Black Loyalists as they make the epic journey from slavery to freedom.  The program begins with a survey of the origins of the Black Loyalists, their experience of slavery, and their arrival in Nova Scotia. Students are then divided into small groups. Most students will then examine real artefacts to draw conclusions about the daily life of Black Loyalists in the late 18th century. One group will create short skits to dramatize selected events in the lives of two Black Loyalists. The skits will then be performed in costume for the rest of the class. 

Links to Nova Scotia Dept. of Education Curriculum:

Specific Learning Outcomes (Social Studies):

  • Investigate the various ways economic systems empower or disempower people (7.2.2)
  • Evaluate the conditions of everyday life for diverse peoples living in British North America in the mid-1800s, including African Canadians (7.5.1)
  • Portray an understanding of the extent of empowerment of individuals, groups, and the nation up to 1920 (7.7.1)

Social Studies Skills:

  • Formulate effective informational and critical questions, including sub-questions to guide basic primary and secondary research
  • Recognize different purposed for communication, use a range of preparation and presentation strategies to select and produce a clear and focused presentation that meets the intended purpose
  • Make self-regulated use of a wide range of collaborative strategies, including active listening, constructive feedback and conflict resolution; and jointly develop simple plans to carry out assigned tasks


90 minutes

Program Capacity

  • 2 classes (60 students maximum)
  • 1 chaperones for every 10 students



Program Outline

Arrival: Bathrooms, hang up coats

5 minutes: Welcome and introduction

20 minutes: Survey – Black Loyalist Time Line
Led by Museum staff, students use a world map to locate key places in the Black Loyalist story. Students then develop a time line of significant events, from the origins of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, to the American Revolution, to the arrival of Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia, to the abolition of slavery in North America.

45 minutes: Artifact Activity / Skit Preparation
In small groups, students examine a number of artifacts and answer guiding questions that reveal information about the life and work of the Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia. Students then present their finding to the rest of the class. Meanwhile, four students are selected to research and write a short skit illustrating the experiences of Boston and Violet King, two Black Loyalists who came to Nova Scotia in 1783.

15 minutes: Skit Performance
In costume, four students present their skit on Boston and Violet King to the rest of the group.

5 minutes: Conclusion and dismiss

Information and Reservations

To reserve your program, please call: (902) 755-5425 or email

Registration will begin in September. We encourage you to book early!