Amistad schooner returning to Shelburne for visit, tours

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The Freedom Schooner Amistad will return to Shelburne this week to conduct tours.

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By Amy Woolvett

After its starring role in the Book of Negroes filming in Shelburne and Lunenburg, the Amistad Freedom Schooner is to return once again to Shelburne Harbour, this time for tours and special events all this week.

The Black Loyalist Heritage Society, Amistad America and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs have decided to take advantage of the freedom ship’s visit to Nova Scotia and have asked the ship to stay on in Shelburne between May 19 and 23.

The Amistad will give school tours during the day to provide educational programming to local students.

Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Town of Shelburne has waived docking fees to allow the Amistad to stay for no charge.

As well, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society is going to offer two events centered around the Amistad’s visit.

“Firstly, we want to offer an event for the donors to the new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre,” said Beverly Cox, site manager for the Black Loyalist Heritage Society.

The event will include a day sail on the Amistad, a banquet and entertainment on May 24.

 “It will be as a thank you to the private donors toward the museum,” said Cox.

The second similar event, on May 25 will be for the public with proceeds from ticket sales going to the Amistad America and upkeep for the ship. 

It is expected that tickets will cost $60 each.

Organizations: Black Loyalist Heritage Society, Amistad Freedom Schooner, Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs

Geographic location: Shelburne Harbour, Nova Scotia

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