Mene­lik Hall

Cape Breton Post - - Weekend -

Descen­dants of 18th-cen­tury Africans and 20th-cen­tury Caribbean people who worked in coal and steel, are part of the com­po­si­tion of Whit­ney Pier.

• Mene­lik Hall was named for highly re­spected King Mene­lik II of Ethiopia (reigned 18651913).

• The Hall opened in 1936 and was used pre­dom­i­nately by mem­bers of the West In­dian com­mu­nity for those in­volved in so­cial ac­tivism.

• Mar­cus Garvey spoke there in the 1930s. It is still an im­por­tant part of Whit­ney Pier to­day.

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