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Is anybody there?
It feels like forever since we’ve last talked. I went back to Cali. We got a new “president”. A ton of legends died. The holidays came through and eradicated my sense of time. But we’re back!
A month or so ago, I brought you my five favorite black history museums. Today, I want to put the microscope on the Brooklyn stop on the train, Weeksville Heritage Center.
Quick history lesson:
Okay so boom…a free black man living in Brooklyn named James Weeks knew that the road to power began with the ownership of land. With the mission of black self-sufficiency, the community of Weeksville was born in 1838. ::insert Solange’s “FUBU” here:: As industrialization began to sweep Brooklyn in the early 1900s, Weeksville became engulfed and morphed into Crown Heights/Bed-Stuy. Cut to 1968, professors from Pratt, in their hunt for historical Weeksville, noticed some out of place homes. As luck would have it, they were original homes from Weeksville and with the help of neighbors and folks like Joan Maynard, the houses were restored and the Weeksville Heritage Center was born.
Today, the cultural center serves as a museum, hosting tours of the historic Hunterfly Road houses and a champion for the arts through book readings, film screenings, and all the things. The good people at BRIC recently partnered with BRIC for its 2016 biennial showcasing artists living in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, entitled “The Lived City”. Featuring incredible artists like Sol Sax and Stan Squirewell, this is not an exhibition to miss.
Lucky for the New Yorkers, you can check out “The Lived City” at the opening of WHC’s extended gallery hours tomorrow, November 30th and learn more about the Weeksville Ambassadors program, which cultivates millennial philanthropists. Art, booze, tunes, and cute Brooklynites. What better way to spend a Wednesday night?
As you know here at iSo14Below, we are all about supporting the folk that support us, so as today is #GivingTuesday, why don’t you drop a lil’ somethin’ in the collection plate for Weeksville Heritage Center? You can show your love here.