A home once owned by Nova Scotia’s first Black doctor was granted heritage status Tuesday after prominent members of the city’s Black community lobbied for its protection.
Halifax regional council voted in favour of adding the turn-of-the-century house to the registry of heritage properties, with one councillor suggesting Dr. Clement Ligoure’s former home could be transformed into a health clinic for the African Nova Scotian community.
Coun. Lindell Smith, whose north-end district includes the house, said the city should do more than install a plaque on the two-storey rental property on North Street.
“I don’t think we should rely on buildings to preserve Black heritage,” he told the council meeting. “There’s a lot more to it.”
Originally from Trinidad, Ligoure graduated in 1916 with a medical degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. He then moved to Halifax, where he helped recruit the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada’s only all-Black unit to serve during the First World War.