Crown Heights Riots and Remembrance: 25 Years Later

Weeksville’s Oral History Collection emerged in 1970, after the original archaeological excavations of the Weeksville community, and continues today as we document a diversity of primarily Black voices and lives in the Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant communities. Oral histories have been central to documenting Black history in the United States and we aim to preserve our contemporary history by documenting the stories and experiences of community members today.

To remember the 25th anniversary of the Crown Heights Riots, Weeksville Heritage Center is collecting the oral histories of people that experienced, participated in, and remember events surrounding this event. Additionally, we are interested in capturing how the neighborhood has changed in the past 25 years. As Brooklyn experiences economic, demographic, and cultural changes, we think it is important to collectively remember and record Brooklyn’s past and present.

  • Did you live in Crown Heights (or the surrounding area*) in 1991?

  • Did you experience or participate in the Crown Heights Riots of 1991?

  • Have you heard family and friends discuss the Crown Heights Riots of 1991?

  • Have you, your family, or friends lived in Crown Heights (or the surrounding area*) for 25 years or more?

If any of these questions apply to you, we want to record your story!

If you are interested in sitting down for an oral history interview or would like to learn more information about this project, please contact Amaka Okechukwu at or 718-756-5250 ext. 305



*including Bedford Stuyvesant, Prospect Heights, East Flatbush, Brownsville, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Flatbush