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Celebrating African Nova Scotian Educators

The Society has celebrated a hugely successful project in Truro — the unveiling of portraits of African Nova Scotian women, who pioneered the way as teachers and leaders in education and spearheaded the struggle for access to quality education. A fifth portrait recognizes Vera Clyke, the longest-serving organist in the African United Baptist Association. In the next stage of the project, the portraits will be mounted and unveiled in Truro in the fall at the corner of Rosie and Ford Streets. The original artworks are part of a museum display at the Colchester Historeum in Truro until June 12, 2024.

Original paintings by Letitia Fraser. Painting of Vera Clyke by Bruce Wood. 

Martha Eleanor Jones

Willena Beatrice (Corbin Gabriel) Jones

Donna Lee Byard Sealey

Ann Michelle (Shelley) MacLean

Vera Clyke

The Volunteers/Les Bénévoles

The Nova Scotia Women’s History Society (NSWHS) researches and makes known the untold story of the remarkable contributions that women have made to the history of Nova Scotia.

Set up in 2013, the society aims to bring women’s history to the public through a monument, conferences, lectures and broadcasts, performances and written material. The monument, The Volunteers/Les Bénévoles, was unveiled on the Halifax waterfront November 16, 2017, to honour the work of the thousands of women, who volunteered their time and labour during wartime.


The Untold Story

Read about women volunteers in Halifax during World War II.

Photo courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives

Our Research

See historical research, including some published by our committee members.

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The Volunteers/Les Bénévoles

Learn more about the monument, the Society’s first project.

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