Join Green-Wood and Weeksville Heritage Center as they celebrate and recognize their shared history on a special Black History Month trolley tour. Green-Wood and Weeksville Heritage Center will take tour-goers on a journey of their common past, highlighting many prominent black New Yorkers and abolitionists.
Beginning with a trolley ride through Green-Wood, attendees will visit the graves of several influential New Yorkers, including Margaret Pine (1778-1857), the last woman to have lived as a slave in New York; Susan Smith McKinney Steward (1847-1918), whose family owned land in Weeksville and who became first black female doctor in the state; James Weldon Johnson (1871 – 1938), a lawyer and diplomat famous for penning the popular hymn Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing; and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1959-1988), one of the most accomplished artists of his generation; among many others. We will also visit Green-Wood’s “Colored Lots,” where new research has unearthed a fascinating story.
Following the tour of Green-Wood, the trolley will head to Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights, now Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, to see the new permanent exhibition Weeksville, Transforming Community/ In Pursuit of Freedom and the 19th-century Hunterfly Road houses. A box lunch will be provided and visitors will dine in the new and beautiful main room of the Weeksville Heritage Center. The trolley will then return to Green-Wood.
Reservations are required. To make an online reservation or to find out more information, visit www.green-wood.com/toursevents or call 718-210-3080.
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