Historical Timeline


1908 - Lawyer James R. Johnston presented a proposal to the African United Baptist Association (AUBA) to establish a Normal & Industrial Institute for Colored Children.
1915 - The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) was incorporated.
1915 - Mr. James Ross Kinney served as the first Superintend, 1915 – 1940.
1915 - Henry Gibson Bauld was elected as the first president for the board of directors, 1915 – 1948.
1917 - Halifax Explosion demolished the original NSHCC building.
1921 - The NSHCC officially opened on June 6, 1921.
1931 - The 1st Annual Broadcast for Funds airs on radio.
1940 - James A. Ross Kinney, Jr. became superintendent following the death of his father.
1948 - Dr. Melville Cummings succeeded H. G. Bauld as president, and served from 1948 – 1966.
1950 - The George Washington Carver Credit Union was built on the NSHCC property.
1973 - Robert Butler was hired as the first executive director.
1978 - Two new group homes are opened on September 16, 1978.
1979 - The employees staged a forty day strike.
1979 - Mrs. Jane Earle, a social worker, was hired as interim executive director.
1980 - Wilfred A. Jackson was hired as executive director, 1980 – 2005.
1982 - The first collective agreement was signed.
1983 - The Watershed Association Development Enterprise (WADE) has been a tenant of the NSHCC since March of 1983.
1983 - The Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia opened on NSHCC property on September 17, 1983.
1983 - The former Superintendents Cottage is rented to local families, following major renovations and upgrades.
1985 - An outdoor basketball court was built at the NSHCC.
1990 - After several restoration contracts the original Henry Gibson Bauld Elementary School has been reopened as a community meeting centre.
1994 - The book Share & Care: the Story of the NSHCC is launched by Charles Saunders.
1996 - The Home’s conference entitled Black Family Focus: Year
2000 was held at the Halifax Westin Hotel during its 75th anniversary and featured actor, Rev. Clifton Davis as the banquet speaker.
1996 - The Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien, writes to the Home on its 75th anniversary praising the Home for adding “to the quality of life of the nation’s young people.”
1998 - In a partnership agreement with the HRM Department of Recreation, a fenced regulation sized baseball field was constructed on the Home’s property.
2000 - State-of-Art Computer Lab facility is established for residents.
2004 - The Home receives the Trail Blazer Award by the Preston Area Board of Trade.
2011 - The NSHCC launched the Akoma Family Centre. Akoma is a short term residential facility for sibling groups ages 0-19 years of age