New Brunswick

Elm Hill's black settlement sign damaged by gunfire

RCMP are asking for the public's help to determine who shot and damaged the welcome sign in Elm Hill, N.B., which pays tribute to the community's black heritage.

RCMP seek help identifying who caused 'extensive damage' to welcome sign that pays tribute to black Loyalists

RCMP are asking for the public's help to determine who shot and damaged the welcome sign in Elm Hill, N.B., which pays tribute to the community's black heritage.

The gunshot damage to the Elm Hill welcome sign occurred some time in mid-March, say RCMP. (Google Street View)
The sign states: Welcome to Elm Hill, Est. 1806, One of Canada's Earliest Black Settlements.

It sustained "extensive damage," Oromocto RCMP Const. Derek Black said in a statement.

The incident occurred some time in mid-March, said Black.

A person, or people, shot holes through the sign, located at the intersection of the Elm Hill Road and Route 102, near Gagetown, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oromocto RCMP at 506-357-4300.

To remain anonymous and qualify for a cash award of up to $2,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit your information online at www.crimenb.ca.

Elm Hill was established by black Loyalists, who were promised freedom in exchange for their loyalty to the British Crown.

Like many Loyalists who arrived in New Brunswick, they were given land grants and supplies, and it became a thriving farming community.