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The French Block
Glace Bay Heritage Museum
Glace Bay , Nova Scotia


   "Something I cannot
define, not put into words, a
feeling that it must not end
with an old worn-out
building. Its loved ones
gathered about the country.
We were a people, 43 children
and adults. We shared a very
special and important time
together, the common language

of survival." -Audrey Newton
   The French Block was an
"apartment" building that
existed from 1920 to 1956 on
South Street in the coal
mining and fishing town of
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. This
exhibit is the story of six
families, living in their

four-room apartments, who
became a tight-knit
   We wish to thank the
following people:
   - Audrey Currie Newton
for her stories, photographs
and wonderful painting of the
French Block
   - Neena Whalen Fowler for

the use of her photographs
and her great stories
   - Lucy Whalen Jackson
   - Lewis G. Billard for
his well-documented
   - Wayne Howie for the use
of his photographs
   - The estate of Wally
Buchanan for the newspaper

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