It began in 1838 when longshoreman James Weeks purchased some Brooklyn land and built a home. His vision encouraged other African Americans to do the same until the community dubbed Weeksville grew to include homes, churches and businesses. It became a refuge and a place of pride and if you just know the basic outline of its history there is much more to learn.
Join Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) and Morgan Munsey, both preservationists, for “Brooklyn’s Historic Weeksville Community.” The duo will introduce participants to the story of the remarkable community, some of the citizens who lived there and the work being done by the Weeksville Heritage Center today.
The virtual event takes place on Saturday, February 27 at 11 a.m. Tickets are required and they are $15 for members and $25 for non members. For full info on registration visit the event page online.
- Set Back the Clock With a Visit to the Historic Interiors of Weeksville (Photos)
- The Inspiring Story of Weeksville, One of America’s First Free Black Communities
- Walkabout: Black Folks in 19th Century Brooklyn
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