Sharon Robart-Johnson

Independent Historian

Sharon Robart-Johnson has a rich cultural background comprised of both African and European ancestry.  She is a thirteenth generation Nova Scotian and part or her heritage dates back to the early slaves who were brought to the Digby County, Nova Scotia area in the late 1700s and to the Black Loyalists who arrived in Shelburne (Nova Scotia) in 1783.  Her passion for researching Black history began in 1993.  Sharon is a Board member of the Yarmouth County Historical Society which owns and operates the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives.  She has five years of archival experience and holds the position of Publications Chairperson for the Society.

Anderson Ruffin Abbott (1837-1913)

Anderson Ruffin Abbott, Canada’s first black doctor, was born April 7, 1837 in Toronto, Ontario.  He was the son of free black property owners William Ruffin Abbott and his wife Ellen (Toyer) Abbott who left Alabama after their store had been destroyed.  They settled briefly … Read MoreAnderson Ruffin Abbott (1837-1913)

Slavery and Freedom on a Canadian Shore: Africa’s Children in Nova Scotia, 1750-2009

In the account below Nova Scotian historian Sharon Robart-Johnson describes the research and writing that culminated in her book, African’s Children: A History of Blacks in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Her book, the first history of Afro-Canadians in Nova Scotia, focuses on her community of Greenville, … Read MoreSlavery and Freedom on a Canadian Shore: Africa’s Children in Nova Scotia, 1750-2009