Lucasville Nova Scotia

slave settlment

the beginning

Lucasville was a slave community in Nova Scotia, it was founded in the early 1900 by a man named James Lucas a early settler but slaves first started coming in 1814. It covers the small area of Lucasville road between Sackville and Hammond plains. It was the end of the road for most slaves in the underground railroad. Now let’s jump back in time to Lucasville.


In 1775 during the American war of independence. Lord Dunbar declared that every slave to cross over into the British side (soon to be Canada) was free. Many of the black loyalists crossed in to the British because they were loyal to Britain. Some 3500 free men, women and children arrived on Nova Scotia and new Brunswick in 1976 104 blacks of African origin were listed of the 13,374 of Nova Scotia. In contrast the Scots only numbered 54. In 1996 Around 5500 Jamaican maroons arrived in Halifax aboard three ships. They were worked hard and experienced hardship and intolerance to the point where they asked to relocate and were given permission. So some went to start houses and lives in Nova Scotia. The war of 1812 started and finished in1814 at that time over 2000 blacks who were loyal to Britain were shipped over to Nova Scotia. where the government had trouble giving out equal amounts of land. But the Africans figured it out and formed into community’s like Africville, Preston, Hammonds plains, Beechville, Sackville and Lucasville. So the reason slaves came to Nova Scotia area is because there were already settlements there and that is how they got started.


Lucasville has many different amazing people like the founder James Lucas who was a settler he came from Tasmania, Australia. Another major person was someone named Percy (Junior) Jackson who was a soldier in the second world war effort he went across seas to see his brother who was his mentor and hero. He got 6 medals the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; War Medal (1939-45); Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal; United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) Medal; UN Emergency Force Middle East (UNEFME) Medal; Canadian Forces Decoration with bars. he retired after the second world war being a warrant officer.