AFRICANS IN Brooklyn


LIBERATED PEOPLE AND WEEKSVILLE HERITAGE CENTER WANTS TO HONOR ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY. AN INTERACTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD ART INSTALATION WILL BE UNVEILED SUNDAY DURRING THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES GIVEAWAY. JOIN US. ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER BARRON CLAIBORNE WILL BE THERE TO TAKE PORTRAITS OF ANY RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN AN ONGOING EFFORT TO KEEP CELEBRATING OUR AREAS HISTORY. GBENGA AKINNAGBE WILL BE BRINGING A SMALL FILM CREW TO CAPTURE THE STORIES OF THOSE OF US WHO LIVE IN THIS HISTORIC AREA. ANY WILLING TO TELL THEIR STORY IS WELCOME. PLEASE ADD TO THE RECORD OF OUR CULTURE IN CROWN HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD STUYBESANT. WE WILL CELEBRATE OUR PAST ADDING TO HISTORICAL RECORD AND LOOK TO THE FUTURE BY HELPING OUR KIDS PREPARE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR. COME APPLAUD THE ACHIEVMENTS OF AFRICANS IN BROOKLYN…

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 30
WHERE: KINGSBOROUGH PUBLIC HOUSING, BROOKLYN, (IN FRONT OF THE HUGH GILROY SENIOR CENTER @ BERGEN STREET AND BUFFALO AVENUE) TIME: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford Stuyvesant History, a.k.a. Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) is a significant historic American site. Weeksville, presently known as the Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn, was a well-documented, rare extant example of a “free” independent African American community from around 1838 through the 1930's. This fall WHC is partnering with Enitan Vintage and Liberated People to present Africans in Brooklyn, an interactive contemporary installation. The installation will take place in New York City’s Housing Authority’s Kingsborough neighborhood, located directly across the street from WHC, and is purposed with documenting resident life and collecting oral histories about the lives of people living in this historic community.

We will also be supporting the neighborhood’s children and youth with back to school giveaways of sweatshirts, sneakers, and school supplies and we need your support. Learn more here: www.weeksvillesociety.org