The Landmarks Preservation Commission posted a slideshow with 25 New York City landmark sites directly tied to African-American culture and history, in honor of Black History Month. In Brooklyn, they include the Weeksville Heritage Center, the First Free Congregational Church at 311 Bridge Street, the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District and the Crown Heights North Historic District. The Bridge Street church, pictured above, was purchased by Brooklyn’s oldest African American congregation in 1854. Its basement served as a safe haven for many escaped slaves. The congregation stayed until 1948, when it moved to Bed Stuy. The slideshow also provides an informative bit of history on both the Crown Heights and Bed Stuy historic districts, both African American neighborhoods that have recieved landmark designation (and are due to receive more) in recent years.
LPC Recognizes Black History Month 2013 [LPC.gov]
Photo by the Museum of the City of New York
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