This is a community-based exhibit of oil and mixed media paintings and photographs developed by well-known Yarmouth artist, Tootsie Emin. She felt that this gave her the opportunity to portray, on canvas, the achievements of some of Yarmouth’s Blacks and to tell their stories in the notes that are attached to each painting. She felt it was time for Blacks to have the recognition she believed they deserved. What better way for her to achieve this than through her art.
Mrs. Emin worked in consultation with Black Loyalist descendants Sharon Robart-Johnson, author of Africa’s Children: A History of Blacks in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; local businessman, Bruce Johnson, the first African Nova Scotian to graduate from the Dalhousie School of Pharmacy and Chuck Smith, retired civil servant and community volunteer.