The Zion March

After the American War of Independence, converted slaves were freed and resettled, first in Nova Scotia and then in Sierra Leone (West Africa); hence the name of the capital city, Freetown. In 1792, the Zion Church, was built and it is now one of the legacies of the Nova Scotian settlers. On August 30, 2019, Creole Heritage Association Canada (CHAC) will host a welcome "march" to remember the settlers and to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. David George. The international visitors and Nova Scotians some of them being ancestors of the original freed slaves, will sing the hymn, "Amazing Grace" and "The Year of Jubilee" as they parade the streets of Birchtown, Nova Scotia. Thus the Zion March will relive the beautiful narrative of the historical connection between Sierra Leone and Nova Scotia. To celebrate the essence of the connection, visitors will congregate in Birchtown, Nova Scotia to reflect on the success of the former slaves from Nova Scotia, pointing out their background of having gone through so many trials and tribulations, which eventually led to a successful settlement known today as Freetown. People from all over the world will come to celebrate Canada's identity; our ethnic, linguistic, cultural and regional diversity; our beautiful environment; and, our rich history and heritage, in connection with the Creoles. Libations and prayers will be held for the participants and people of Birchtown before the delegation will be ushered to the Black Loyalist Museum.

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