Weeksville was a bustling community, far off in the wilds of Brooklyn, established by former slave James Weeks in 1838 for free African- Americans. This was only 11 years after the abolition of slavery in New York state– a time when African- Americans had very few opportunities for land ownership. That area is now where Bedford- Stuyvesant, East New York, and Brownsville meet. Your hosts Kathleen and Kate tell you all about how Weeksville was started, how it was almost lost from history forever, and the miraculous rediscovery and restoration of this amazing town in African- American history.
Links to check out after listening to the ‘cast:
The Weeksville Heritage Center