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African Nova Scotians in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

''Charlie Symonds, a cooper of Upper Hammonds Plains''

Brookbank quotes Symonds as saying "a well made barrel is a beautiful thing." Coopering was the main occupation at Upper Hammonds Plains. According to Brookbank, the industry arose in response to the increasing demand for fish barrels from an expanding fishing industry.

Date: 1949

Photographer: C.R. Brookbank

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives  C.R. Brookbank, Afro-Canadian Communities in Halifax County, Nova Scotia (unpublished MA thesis, University of Toronto, 1949), page 38 (HT431 /B871 /A259) negative number: N-6940

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