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Reminiscences:

A Retrospective on Yarmouth’s African Nova Scotian Community

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 business man, Bruce Johnson, the first African Nova Scotian to graduate from the Dalhousie School of Pharmacy and Chuck Smith, retired civil servant and community volunteer. 

Greenville Church  Missionaires WWI WWII William Lawrence
Greenville United Baptist Church                       Group of singers in the 1940s              William Lawrence (WWI and WWII) 
 
About the artist 

Tootsie

Tootsie Emin worked on this project in consultation with Black Loyalist descendants: Sharon Robart-Johnson, author of Africa’s Children: A History of Blacks in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; local business man, Bruce Johnson, the first African Nova Scotian to graduate from the Dalhousie School of Pharmacy and Chuck Smith, retired civil servant and community volunteer.  

A Yarmouth resident, Tootsie began painting in 1989. A self-taught artist, she has developed a loyal clientele with many loyal and international collectors. Her life’s philosophy is giving back to her community. She paints from her home studio.

 

As of March 16, 2019, this is a permanent exhibit at the Yarmouth County Museum. 

Yarmouth County Historical Society recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and African Nova Scotian Affairs to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.