Art Gallery of Nova Scotia -Yarmouth

Saturday, 10 February 2018 – 2 p.m.


Reminiscences: A Retrospective on Yarmouth’s African Nova Scotian Community is a community-based exhibit of oil and mixed media paintings and photographs put together through the efforts of four people to celebrate the history and contributions of Yarmouth’s African Nova Scotian community. The exhibit launches February 10, 2018 during Black History month and will run until March 25, 2018.

This project brings light, through a visual portrayal, to the contributions made by African Nova Scotians to the community of Yarmouth. This community-based exhibition has been developed by Tootsie Emin, a well-known Yarmouth artist, in consultation with: Sharon Robart-Johnson, Black Loyalist descendant and author of Africa’s Children: A History Of Blacks In Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, the only book written that focuses on Yarmouth’s black history from slavery to the then present day (2009); Chuck Smith, Black Loyalist descendant, retired civil servant, and community volunteer; and local businessman Bruce Johnson, Black Loyalist descendant and the first African Nova Scotian to graduate from the Dalhousie School of Pharmacy (1974). Yarmouth Town and County have been enriched by the contributions of many members of the Yarmouth African Nova Scotian community. The presenters deeply regret that they were unable to include everyone in this show.

All are welcome to attend the Reminiscences show opening on February 10, 2018 at 2 pm in the Community Room at the Art Galley of Nova Scotia, 341 Main Street, Yarmouth. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact 902-749-2248 or

Image: Artist Tootsie Emin         War Memories Subject: Sqt. William Clayton Lawrence, The No. 2

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