The Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia celebrated its grand reopening today, Sept. 22, in time for the official start of the International African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference. The centre recently refreshed its gallery space to better provide visitors with experiences that will highlight the history and accomplishments of African Nova Scotians. “I am thrilled to see the completion of this project, which will ensure that the stories and experiences of African Nova Scotians are shared with visitors and preserved for future generations,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “We want visitors to our province to have meaningful experiences that showcase our rich and diverse culture to continue to build Nova Scotia as a premier destination for travellers from around the world.” The province contributed $240,000 in funding to the centre through the tourism niche marketing program, and an additional $20,000 in tourism development funding. The refresh project was managed by the Black Business Initiative in collaboration with staff and board representatives from the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia and staff from the departments of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Communities, Culture and Heritage, and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “Through the Black Cultural Centre, we have the ability to tell the stories of survival and community spirit that mark so much of African Nova Scotian history in our province,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “By highlighting these important stories, and ensuring they are preserved, shared and appreciated, we are promoting strong communities throughout our province. I am proud to celebrate the centre’s renewal.” The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage provides ongoing operational funding to the Black Cultural Centre on an annual basis. “The Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia is pleased to have partnered with the Black Business Initiative and the province of Nova Scotia to enhance interpretation at the centre,” said Leslie Oliver, president of the Black Cultural Society. “We are proud of how the centre interprets the accomplishments of our people and reflects our communities throughout Nova Scotia. “We invite all Nova Scotians and visitors to our province to visit us and learn more about our African Nova Scotian heritage and culture.” During the International African Diaspora Heritage Trail conference, today to Saturday, Nova Scotia will play host to delegates from countries around the world. These visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the black communities throughout Nova Scotia and the important contribution and impact of African Nova Scotians at the Black Cultural Centre.