The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at the Bard Graduate Center at 38 West 86th Street in Manhattan. No reservations are required for the free lectures. Attendees are invited to meet the speakers at pre-lecture receptions.
Victorian Society New York Free Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Christopher Broadwell and Lewis I. Haber and dues from Chapter members. Join today!
Walk into Weeksville
Saturday, November 10, 2 p.m.
Weeksville blossomed as one of the first free black communities in America, just a bit over a decade after New York State abolished slavery in 1827. The Brooklyn community’s name hails from its founder James Weeks, a stevedore and former slave, who bought a plot of land in the area in 1838. At its peak, it was home to 700 free black families. The building of the Brooklyn Bridge, introduction of the street grid system and urban sprawl all impacted the Weeksville community. As a result, its identity waned as it was slowly subsumed into the larger neighborhood of Crown Heights. Discovered again in 1968 by a Pratt Institute workshop, the houses eventually were reopened to the public as the Weeksville Heritage Center, with each house showcasing a different era of Weeksville history.
This walking tour is limited to 25 participants
FEES: $20 for Victorian Society New York Members, $30 for others
Paid reservations must be received by Thursday, November 8