Birchtown Video Project, Birchtown Nova Scotia

Birchtown: the next verse
16 min. 2014
Written & directed by
the participants in the
Birchtown Summer Video Camp 2012
a project in partnership with:

• Black Loyalist Heritage Society  http://www.blackloyalist.com/
• Centre for Art Tapes http://www.centreforarttapes.ca/

Through song, poetry and documentary, six youth explore the historic racial divide and their connection to the community of Birchtown, Nova Scotia, home of the largest settlement of the Black Loyalists and free Africans in all of North America, immediately following the American Revolution. They visit the Black Loyalist Heritage Society’s Museum and discover a display of a relative, Margorie Turner-Bailey, a runner in the 1976 Olympics. They seek her out to learn more about her story.

Taysia greets her Aunt Margorie & grandmother Ethel on Lockport Beach, NS

Taysia greets her Aunt Margorie Turner-Bailey & grandmother Ethel
on Lockport Beach, NS