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Black History Month





Date of Issue

January 30, 2014




Postal Administration



Black History Month

Series Time Span

2011 - 2018

Perforation or Dimension

Serpentine Die Cut 13½




Design: Karen Smith Design | Illustration: Janice Kun, i2i Art Inc. Photography: Africville – Back row (left to right): Charlotte (Nonny) Carvery, Judy (Muddy) David, Bernice (Byers) Arsenault, Sylvia Mantley. Front row (left to right): Denise (Shingy) Tolliver, Charlotte (Mi) Mantley, Geneva (Dubadee) Cassidy. With permission from Africville, Halifax N.S.

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Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 200,000
Original Price: $6.30
Dimension: 32 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours


Quantity Produced - 11,500
Cancellation Location: Halifax NS
Original Price: $1.63
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours

About Stamp

Halifax's Africville is one of the African-Canadian communities featured as part of Canada Post's celebration of Black History Month in 2014. Tragically, this historic community was dismantled through a relocation of its residents in the 1960s.

The Africville stamp features a photograph of seven young girls, all members of the community, set against an illustrated background of the neighbourhood's hills and homes.

The Official First Day Cover offers a peek into historic Africville through an illustration of a church that for so long was the social hub of the community. "We wanted to call attention to these buildings because they were at the heart of their neighbourhoods," says Halifax stamp designer Karen Smith, "and they still hold a special place in the memories of many past residents."

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