The black community of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was forcibly dismantled in the 1960s under a program of ‘urban renewal’. Residents had long fought to have their claims to this space legally recognized, as well as to improve the community with minimal services and safety measures, such as water lines, sewage and police protection. This article examines how the space of Africville was denied these services, constituted as a ‘slum’, and in turn how this status was seen to justify its removal. The land on which Africville stood, now a public park, remains a site of contestation and commemoration. As yet, the city of Halifax has declined demands for compensation and has legally maneuvered to silence resistance. This essay's central aim is to demonstrate not only how the law, through the City of Halifax, functioned as a regulatory measure to ensure a series of evictions, but also the way in which these practices and consequences can be remembered. In particular, it argues for a contextualized legal consideration of Africville's story which recognizes the complex interplay of histories of poverty and racism with narratives of justice.