In 1989, MSVU Art Gallery, in partnership with the Black Cultural Center for Nova Scotia and the Black Genealogical Society, collaborated on the exhibition Africville: A Spirit that Lives On. It celebrated the legacy and spirit of Africville and set a benchmark for collaborative, community driven exhibitions. It travelled across the country and resulted in books and conversations that remain ongoing. 30 years later, the collaborators reunited, joined by the Africville Museum, to look back at the original exhibition and take the opportunity to reflect on what has happened since.
The artworks on view were selected from responses to a public call for submissions; the selection committee included Kim Cain-Simmonds (BANNS), Irvine Carvery (Africville Genealogical Society), David Dahms (MSVU Art Gallery), Letitia Fraser (artist), Juanita Peters (Africville Museum), Ashley Preston (MSVU Art Gallery), and Laura Ritchie (MSVU Art Gallery).