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Weeksville Heritage Center Names Tia Powell Harris Executive Director

Weeksville Heritage Center Names Tia Powell Harris Executive Director Updated

🕔13:46, 8.Mar 2014

Accomplished Arts Administrator and Producer with More Than 20 Years’ Experience Takes the Helm of One of the Nation’s Leading Centers for African American History and Culture   BROOKLYN, NY (March 4, 2014) – The Board of Directors of Weeksville Heritage

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A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville

A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville Updated

🕔12:58, 1.Mar 2014

More than a Tour, An Experience By Bernice Elizabeth Green       Huddled on an expanded parcel of land in Central Brooklyn, the historic Hunterfly Road Houses are designated as New York City landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Founded in the 1830s by James Weeks, a black stevedore, the village of Weeksville survived well into the early 20th century. Weeksville had its own schools and churches, an orphanage, an old age home, and one of the first African­American newspapers- ­The Freedman’s Torchlight.   During the violent draft riots of 1863, the community served as a refuge for  hundreds of African­Americans who fled Manhattan. It was home to ministers, teachers and other professionals, including the first female African­American physician in New York State, and the first African­American police officer in New York City. “The village was an economic, political, cultural and social base for African­ Americans during that time. Any way you define it, the Weeksville community was (an example of) community building from scratch.” According to Greene, the community’s focus on strength, entrepreneurism, creativity and a sense of wanting to build something is still going strong. Settled by African­Americans from all over the East Coast following the end of slavery in New York State, these houses are also good examples of homes of free people of color in the urban North. These homes have been continuously inhabited, primarily by African­Americans, from their construction until their acquisition by the Weeksville Society in 1968. The buildings are now each rehabbed and “dressed” in the accoutrements of four different periods of time, representing the 183 Os, 1860s, 1900s and 1930s. Working from a “furnishings plan,” the center’s “old house” consultants scoured the Northeast for items that matched the style of each room. The sage green, ochre and mustard yellow colors are based on chip analysis. The true­to­period               artifacts               and historically accurate reproductions frame moments in the history of the houses: the Currier and Ives’ Death of Lincoln ink illustration, the December 3, 1847, issue of The North Star newspaper, “Electric Brand” labels of canned food manufactured in Oneida, New York, refurbished hand­ carved chairs with horsehair­stuffed cushions, “The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on a curio shelf, an authentic   Jerome & Company Pendulum Clock, and a poster entitled “Distinguished Colored Men” with images of prominent politicians and churchmen positioned around Frederick Douglass. At Weeksville, there is a living legacy that is not proverbial; it is real. Bernice Jenkins, in her 80s, and her centenarian sister, had a say in the kinds of furnishings installed in the house at No. 1698. The duo had every right to have some influence­their family first rented a home and then owned it for many years. Their father built the French doors separating the living room from the dining room. Since they were a religious family, an old

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Underground Railroad Sites in Brooklyn to See Now

Underground Railroad Sites in Brooklyn to See Now Updated

🕔13:39, 23.Jan 2014

by Morgan Powell Join me as I recall here a weeklong journey to see the places—both standing and vanished—where freedom seekers entered history.  As you read along, I encourage you to consider visiting some or all of these places.  We

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Celebrating Weeksville Through The Eyes Of The Future

Celebrating Weeksville Through The Eyes Of The Future Updated

🕔14:53, 19.Dec 2013

By: Akirah Harris, Desiree Henderson, Janiyah Hughes, Ailec Lasalle, Chasity Patrick,  Jayla Shuler, Janae Singleton, Amya Torres, Ranasia White, Maurice Williams, Students Deborah Alexander and Jean Derico, Supervising Teachers On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, after invited 2nd and 3rd grade

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