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Annapolis Royal (Nova Scotia), July 20 (Canadian-Media): Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova in partnership with The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal and the town of Annapolis Royal, at a ceremony held at the wharf in Annapolis Royal yesterday, unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of Rose Fortune, a Black Loyalist, and challenges faced by Black Loyalist women, in colonial Nova Scotia during the 18th century, media reports said.
Rose Fortune. Image credit: Wikipedia
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to recognize the national historic significance of Rose Fortune...one of Annapolis Royal’s most iconic figures. Her legacy in Nova Scotia and the African-Canadian community represents the endurance of Black Loyalists...reflect Canada’s rich and varied history and I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Rose Fortune and her important contributions to Canada’s heritage," said Fraser.
An announcement was made to this effect on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna.
Born into slavery in the British colonies (that became the United States), Rose Fortune and her family were part of the more than 3,000 Black Loyalists who after earned their freedom after arriving in Nova Scotia in 1783-84 due to support of the British during the American Revolution.
Historic designations, like that of Rose Fortune, reflect the rich and varied history of Canada and provide an opportunity for Canadians to connect with our diverse heritage.
Celebrating its centennial year in 2019, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, through Government of Canada, recognizes significant people, places, and events that shaped and Canadians and youth connect with their past. To date, more than 2,150 designations have been made.