Explore the Secret History of African Americans in Downtown Brooklyn in the Mid 19th Century

Bridge Street Church. Photo by Susan De Vries


Hidden histories can be found everywhere in Brooklyn if you know where to look.

“Black History in Downtown Brooklyn,” a walking tour presented by the Municipal Art Society of New York, delves into the unsung lives of African Americans who lived in Dumbo and Downtown Brooklyn in the mid 19th century.

The event will introduce attendees to the sites of homes, businesses, schools and churches, and discuss the fervent abolitionist activism among both black and white residents.

“Mid-19th-century Brooklyn was a hotbed of organized abolitionist activity, with both black and white activists who changed the course of American history,” says the tour writeup.

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Morgan Munsey and Suzanne Spellen leading a MAS tour. Photo by Susan De Vries

Architectural historians Morgan Munsey and Suzanne Spellen, also a Brownstoner columnist, will lead the tour.

The event takes place February 17, beginning at 2 p.m. Registration costs $30, or $20 for MAS members. For more information click here.

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