Learn About the Green Legacy of Bed Stuy’s Hattie Carthan With the Brooklyn Collection

The landmarked Magnolia grandifolora in 1970. Photo via Irving I. Herzberg photograph collection, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection


    Her determination and advocacy prowess spawned a green movement in Bed Stuy.

    Delve into the story of Hattie Carthan and the black presence in the urban ecology movement with a special program at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Collection. Before her death in 1984, she brought green programs to the neighborhood, advocated for the preservation of the Magnolia grandiflora on Lafayette Avenue and founded the Magnolia Tree Earth Center.

    The look into her life and legacy will be led by Marlon Rice, Executive Director of the Magnolia Tree Earth Center. The New York Preservation Archive Project will also be on hand to unveil a new entry on Hattie Carthan into their Preservation History Database.

    Hattie Carthan (1901-1984). Photo via Magnolia Tree Earth Center/Facebook

    The talk takes place on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m at Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza. The event will kick off with a small reception, followed by the discussion. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page online.

    The event is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: An Exploration of Our Plant Life and Green Spaces,” on view in the Brooklyn Collection through April 3.

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