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The Legacy Project: Black Foodways

  • Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11213 United States (map)
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Together we will explore the historical, cultural, and social life of food in Black communities. Young people can come learn all about seeds, and even plant some in small pots to take home! Adults are welcome too! Our culinary celebration with Chef Jeneé Grannum is not to be missed! She’s creating a delicious plant-based meal featuring recipes and ingredients highlighting the rich culinary history of the African diaspora.

Stick around for presentations and an intergenerational conversation on the connections between farming, food, and liberation. These will be facilitated by Tanya Fields from The BLK Projek with Yemi Amu from Oko Farms and Paul Philpott from Gateway Greens.


Event Schedule

11:15-12:15 - Guided Tour of the historic Hunterfly Road Houses 

12:15-2:15 - Pot Planting 

2:15-3:15 - Culinary Celebration 

3:15-5:30 - Presentations and Communal Discussion 

Weeksville Heritage Center’s The Legacy Project stands for the freedom and right to know, document, and defend one’s own history. Since its emergence in 1838, when James Weeks — a free man — purchased land that would become one of the largest known independent Black communities in pre-Civil War America, Weeksville has represented a space of self-reliance, resourcefulness, transformation, collaboration, celebration, and liberation of Black persons in America.

The Legacy Project stands as a 21st-century interpretation of that self-determining history. Inspired by the autonomy of the Black 19th century historic Weeksville community and the resilience of the 1960s activists and local historians who rediscovered it, we keep this legacy alive and vibrant for future generations. Through our public programming, public training, and internship program for students of color, we offer intentional and inviting spaces to explore the personal, familial, and communal layers of this legacy as well as of your own.

Later Event: July 14
Weeksville Homecoming