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Weeksville Heritage Center

Black History Site, Landmarks & Historical Sites, Public Services & Government, Community Service/Non-Profit

Description

Located in what is now Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, this site preserves the history of one of the country’s first free-black landowning communities. The area was named for James Weeks, a free black man who, along with a group of investors, purchased the plot of land in 1838.

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Mike S

8/6/2014

I visited the center as a child lived in the area for 10 years was a lasting experience

john s

1/18/2015

waiting for a chance to visit.

Richardo C

2/21/2015

I went to see the After Afropolitan exhibit presented by CCCADI with afriPOP! Nice venue with awesome pieces with mixed media. Street parking wasn't that difficult. All the pieces were all in one room. Was little warm inside the venue.

Kenneth J

7/16/2015

I was able to visit the site before its completion what an experience, I saw things that you will never learn in school, never thought I would see anything like that it was extremely educational it made me proud to be a black man to know that we've come so far it let me know the strength of our people what we had to go through and what we survived and what we are today. A PROUD PEOPLE!

Ilvin A

2/10/2016

Porque dise de las cosas que hacen las gente atrás

Shauna G

10/31/2016

A historical beauty with very updated venues.

StarJournalNews G

2/7/2017

The new modern facility is nicely designed with various cultural events and amazing history of Brooklyn's Weeksville African community.

Cesar P

7/12/2017

Such a beautiful structure with rich heritage and I'm thankful to be able to co-host Zumba events with ZCrew here!

Kelly A

7/12/2017

I didn't even know this place was here! A hidden gem with lots of history, a multi-purpose room and a beautiful garden.

Miguel A

7/12/2017

Historic, Epic and Awsome a must see.

Victoria R

8/13/2017

Black History, community history right at your doorstep! A small visual view of a working, respective and thriving town not in any history books. Great for families, groups, organizations and events. They also have rental spaces for meetings and small to medium events

Daniel B

9/15/2017

The taste of the past, honestly didn't know about this place until I went there. Amazing piece of history.

Lani B

9/15/2017

Deeply moving experience reading about the African American experience

Olamma N

11/15/2017

So beautiful. With or without decorations. Check out their exhibits and host all your events here

Chris F

12/16/2017

The heart of the Center is the Hunterfly Road houses, 3 historic homes restored to show what life was like in various eras in the Brooklyn community of Weeksville. Established by free blacks in New York as a way to win suffrage rights available only to African American men who owned property (at a time when all white men had the right to vote) it became a place of refuge and self sufficiency for decades. As the grid that shaped modern Brooklyn was developed the independent community disappeared and was all but forgotten until local activists rediscovered it in the 60s. Tours of the restored houses tell this fascinating story, and the beautifully designed Center is the site of public events.

Zenzele C

1/19/2018

Visit Weeksville! One of the first free Black communities in the U. S. prior to the end of the Civil War. The staff are friendly and helpful. The site is beautiful. A national historic site and a NYC Landmark.

Denise J

1/19/2018

very nice museum I never knew it was there

Anthony M

2/19/2018

Such a great place very clean environment I love the effort on spreading the heritage in our human genes keep up the beautiful work everyone!!!

Nathaniel L

2/19/2018

A positive addition to the neigborhood. The staff at the museum should create a P.R. department or incorporate a community awareness team, that goes out in to the community and inform people of schedule events that will be taking place in the museum.

Ehsanul H

2/19/2018

One of the best of New York to understand the classification of heritage and its impact in the society and its people.

Rebecca W

3/20/2018

A hidden gem! Great informative tour of three different time period homes. Thanks Mercedes!

estelle c

3/20/2018

It’s a great place to take your children so you can how successful black people were and they strive for so much

Melanie L

4/21/2018

I was kindly greeted upon entering and guided to my reason for attending. The programming was timely, clean and very engaging. Highly recommend this historic experience in the community.

william d

4/21/2018

Brooklyn's best kept secret! A trove of history. I am definitely going to explore more.

Pinch H

4/21/2018

Going to take my granddaughter in the next ten days! She on 19 months but I want to begin to expose her to the richness of our culture! We will visit many times.

Omar B

4/21/2018

Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York is in a Historical Place on Bergen Street and Buffalo Ave. Transportation B15, B45, B65 all stop on Buffalo and St. Marks

Weeksville Heritage Center is a Family oriented place to learn of the past and how people of color lived and strived in our own established environment

Haydee V

5/22/2018

It is a nice spot. Never heard of it but attended a film screening there. I see they hold other events which I hope to check out at some point. I like that they offer weekend fitness events. That caught my eye. I have to attend more to really be able to judge it. My main issue with it is the location. It is not near the subway. Well, it's a good walk away from the subway. There is a bus right out front but it doesn't run that often and late at night even less.

Myoho S

5/22/2018

Had a great time at the Earth Day celebration. I got some great ideas and learn so much from the Vegan kitchen demonstration

Sistah N

6/23/2018

An amazing experience and history centered tour! We will continue researching Weeksville, just sad that we could not photograph or video our tour. However, the memories will forever inspire us!

Leon T

6/23/2018

A Fun filled family Day at Weeksville. Kids enjoyed Minecraft, and B Scene Film screening along with Live DJ like, face painting, and more.

Vonecia C

7/24/2018

The Weeksville Heritage Center provides an enriching and enlightening experience around the historically free black neighborhood of Weeksville. It's a beautiful sun-lit venue with an outdoor lawn and patio that hosts various events and programming to educate and advance the community such as galleries, discussions and tours.

I attended specifically for its Juneteenth Celebration and its Homecoming Weekend. It was great to see and hear from local artists in the community who were making an impact, as well as be introduced to a massive collection of African artifacts.

Shawn R

7/24/2018

If you want to learn something new about Brooklyn NY go check this exhibit/tour out. It's a preserved section of what was known as Weeksville Brooklyn. Very interesting!

Getittight D

7/24/2018

The museum was under construction at the time of my visit, so many areas were closed and many displays were missing. What was there was pretty awesome and the staff was very helpful though!

Rodney L

8/24/2018

This place is a national treasure that distills and displays a slice of history for all to enjoy. The staff is also amazing.

Alphonse F

9/24/2018

It's the greatest musuem in the world. I think if you're looking to learn about African Amerkcan history in New York City and Brooklyn, this will be a place to start. I'm a tour educator here. I always get excited when people here about this place for the first time. I'm glad to give some history and awareness about Weeksville.

Shari M

9/24/2018

Very poorly organized. Management and rental staff were rude. Guide was friendly but had only cursory historical knowledge.

Nedene D

9/24/2018

I like that they honor the community, they facilitate great events also. The decor is very picturesque and you only need minimal decorations because the grounds are beautiful.

Meghan G

10/24/2018

Though it was interesting to hear and learn about the history behind the museum and the tour guide was knowledgeable I wasn’t thrilled about its location !! and the fact they had too many kids running around wild.

Principal E

10/24/2018

Great place to visit and learn about African American Heritage and gain a stronger sense of pride.

Antonio U

11/24/2018

This is an awesome experience. There were many things I learned about the original Weeksville that I would have never imagined. A town that existed in Brooklyn, a sanctuary for people of African decent. So much hidden history in Brooklyn to be emotionally swept away with. Now, a community center full of historic resources and cultural exchange.

Tim S

11/24/2018

This is an amazing place for families to visit. Weeksville provides an excellent experience for exploration of Black history in Brooklyn.

Freddy V.

Stars_5

3/26/2013

I really really loved it!

The tour guides were so nice and informative!

I will be coming again!read this and 8 more

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