For 50 years, Eddie Carvery has been fighting racism in Africville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Eddie was born and raised in Africville. The black community was bulldozed in the 1960s under the guise of community renewal, but was in fact a racist destruction of a proud community with roots going back centuries.
He returned to the ruins of Africville in 1970 and started his protest. He vowed to stay in Africville until he got justice. He started living in a tent, but later replaced that with a trailer.
His protest withstood multiple attacks. The city destroyed his protest site countless times. Eddie suffered heart attacks and nearly froze to death. But he never backed down. In 2010, he was front row when the mayor of Halifax admitted the city had been wrong to destroy Africville.
Eddie was there a few years later when a replica of the beloved Africville church opened on the very site of his protest to house a museum about his community. Eddie moved his protest a few metres away and became a living part of history as he spoke to visitors.
Eddie agreed to end his protest “because he’s now fighting a second battle against age, illness and poverty,” as a recent CBC article reported. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/eddie-carvery-africville-protest-trailers-destroyed-1.5360104
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Eddie’s peaceful protest, making it one of the longest individual fights for justice in Canadian history. However, he’s left with nothing, lives in poverty, and struggles to get enough money to eat.
Your support is an important act of solidarity with Eddie who has dedicated his life to raising awareness and protesting the racist actions that led to the destruction of his beloved community.
Let's ensure that Eddie gets the freedom, respect, and support he deserves to live the last years of his life in dignity. Your donation will directly help Eddie.
Please donate today and share with your friends and family. Let's all help Black Lives Matter and end racism in Canada.
Jon Tattrie is Eddie Carvery's long-time friend and biographer. As Eddie doesn't use the internet or have a phone, he can't be named as the beneficiary under GoFundMe's rules.
Eddie has asked Jon to act as beneficiary and transfer 100% of the money raised to Eddie.
You can read more about Africville in this Canadian Encyclopedia article, including a mention of Eddie.
Learn more about Eddie in this 2010 article from the U.S. magazine Transmopolis: http://www.transmopolis.com/2010/07/africville/
Here is an interactive map chronicling the history of Africville