How a Nova Scotia ship played a role in international Black history

Written by on December 26, 2022

A 19th-century ship that once sailed between Yarmouth and Boston played a little-known part in international Black history.

The S.S. Yarmouth was the first vessel acquired by the Black Star Line, the first Black-owned shipping line in North America.

Built in 1887, it was well past its prime when the charismatic leader of the New York City-based United Negro Improvement Association, Marcus Mosiah Garvey Sr., purchased it in 1919 for his new company.

Garvey was a political activist and a leader in the pan-African movement, dedicated to . . .

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