Nova Scotia Journal

The black community center in Digby County receives a $3M increase from the region

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Key takeaways: 

  • The project required more capital after the price ballooned during the pandemic.
  • A design rendering depicts what the Jordanstown-Acaciaville-Conway Betterment Association Center of Excellence could glance like once done. 

A community center envisioned more than a decade back by a Black community group in Digby County is one giant step nearer to reality with an injection of $3 million from the local government.

With almost $9 million set to the project, the first step of the Jordantown-Acaciaville-Conway Betterment Association Center of Excellence could damage ground this summer, stated association president Kerry Johnson.

It will have a 250-seat community space, a preschool, a place for seniors, and a gymnasium after the second building phase.

Johnson said the area would promote learning regarding the history and culture of the Black communities for which the organization is named.

“Our history ought to be told. We’ve lived segregated since 1783.… We don’t get the most high-paying employment. He said that most residents who desired to make a living moved to the city or across the nation,” he said.

“So what we want to be able to do is re-establish a society.”

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A community center envisioned more than a decade back by a Black community group

Available to everyone

The center will be located in Acaciaville. Johnson calculates that Jordantown, Acaciaville, and Conway have a collective population of 200 to 300 people.

However, the space will be available for everyone in the Digby place. 

“I think it’s time, in 2022, that we become part of the entire community in Digby County.”

Johnson said the wider society is supportive of the project. 

“Everybody is seeing and wanting change,” Johnson stated.

Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland said the center would be an investment in the area, so his council has launched almost $44,000 over the previous four years. 

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