Slideshow Highlights African American Landmarks


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

2 Comment

  • minard

    That 1840′s church is a beauty and the sole survivor of the urban renewal project that cleared away the area for the construction of Metrotech.
    Even people who live nearby in the Heights and Boerum Hill are not aware of it because it is surrounded by Metrotech buildings.
    It is used by the Polytechnic Institute as a student center.

  • Very interesting slideshow, and worth taking the time to see. Of course, there are many more sites across all 5 boroughs that are important to African American history, but most are not landmarked, and never will be. But many more are, even if they aren’t mentioned here, and this is a good starting point. Nice job.