In Pursuit of Freedom.


In Pursuit of Freedom, a project intended to create exhibitions, resource materials & programming, will celebrate & commemorate the rich Abolitionist and radical history of Brooklyn, from downtown (Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, and Williamsburg) to historic Weeksville.

In collaboration with Brooklyn Historical Society and Irondale Theater, Weeksville's exhibit will present its community-based archive of people & social histories, businesses & entrepreneurship, churches & civic societies, and schools that inform historical understandings life in 19th-century Central Brooklyn. 

Weeksville's In Pursuit of Freedom, a thought-provoking  collection-based exhibition that explores the origins of one of the first free Black communities in the country. This special exhibition will encourage visitors to make discoveries and establish their own meaning about the significance of the pursuit of equity and social justice in America. Visitors can study never seen before artifacts from the Weeksville collections, traverse the landscape and wider campus, tour the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses. We invite you to explore, reflect, and share findings and thoughts about community - past, present, and future.

Open Fall 2018

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 Ida B. Wells Barnett, in a photograph by Mary Garrity from c. 1893