Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) is an historic house museum. We celebrate the history of Weeksville, a free and intentional African American community founded in 1838 in Brooklyn.

Weeksville is as dynamic as it was when its founders created it. Weeksville Heritage Center is a multi-dimensional museum that celebrates the history of Weeksville, one of the first free African American communities in the country, established in 1838. Located in Central Brooklyn, the mission of Weeksville Heritage Center is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African, Caribbea

Weeksville is as dynamic as it was when its founders created it. Weeksville Heritage Center is a multi-dimensional museum that celebrates the history of Weeksville, one of the first free African American communities in the country, established in 1838. Located in Central Brooklyn, the mission of Weeksville Heritage Center is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African, Caribbea

Operating as usual

08/14/2021

Our Farmers Market continues today from noon – 4pm! We’re partnering with Brooklyn’s own Oko Farms to offer a variety of fresh and affordable seasonal produce as well as baked goods, eggs, and other delicious locally-produced items.

We’ll be there every Saturday though October 30th! See you later!

Oko Farms
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#okofarms
#locallygrown
#weeksvillefarmersmarket

There’s still time to get your greens for the week! Farmers Market open today until 4pm.
08/07/2021

There’s still time to get your greens for the week! Farmers Market open today until 4pm.

08/07/2021

Loving the fresh smells of herbs and fresh produce! Come on down!!

08/07/2021

Stop by today for fresh and affordable produce as well as baked goods, eggs, and other delicious locally-produced items at our weekly Farmers Market!  Hosted in partnership with Brooklyn’s own @okofarms, we’ll be there every Saturday from noon – 4pm though October 30th. See you there!

@okofarms
#weeksvillegreen
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#okofarms
#locallygrown
#weeksvillefarmersmarket

“...one day a pianist came to our church in Chattanooga, and I, as a choir member, was asked to sing a solo with him. Th...
08/05/2021
Lit'l Boy (Negro Spiritual)

“...one day a pianist came to our church in Chattanooga, and I, as a choir member, was asked to sing a solo with him. The pianist liked my voice, and he took me in hand and introduced me to phonograph records by [the Italian tenor] Enrico Caruso. That opened the heavens for me. The beauty of what could be done with the voice just overwhelmed me.” - Roland Hayes

Singer and composer Roland Hayes was one of the first African American classical musicians to become an internationally acclaimed concert performer in the 1920s. Check out the link below to read more about his fascinating life and career.

In the coming months, we’ll be highlighting more accomplishments of inspiring African Americans throughout history. If you have recommendations on who we should profile, suggest it in the comments!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyEp1DubjOI

READ MORE ABOUT ROLAND HAYES:
http://afrovoices.com/roland-hayes-biography/

#WHChistorycomesalive
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

Roland Hayes, composer and tenor

We'll be kicking off our weekly Farmers Market next Saturday! Mark your calendars!Drop by from noon – 4pm, every Saturda...
08/01/2021

We'll be kicking off our weekly Farmers Market next Saturday! Mark your calendars!

Drop by from noon – 4pm, every Saturday though October 30th! We’re partnering with Brooklyn’s own Oko Farms to offer a variety of fresh and affordable seasonal produce as well as baked goods, eggs, and other delicious locally-produced items. We hope to see you there!

Oko Farms
#weeksvillegreen
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#okofarms
#locallygrown
#weeksvillefarmersmarket

We'll be kicking off our weekly Farmers Market next Saturday! Mark your calendars!

Drop by from noon – 4pm, every Saturday though October 30th! We’re partnering with Brooklyn’s own Oko Farms to offer a variety of fresh and affordable seasonal produce as well as baked goods, eggs, and other delicious locally-produced items. We hope to see you there!

Oko Farms
#weeksvillegreen
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#okofarms
#locallygrown
#weeksvillefarmersmarket

07/31/2021

COVID-19 VACCINE POP-UP CLINIC CONTINUES TODAY FROM 11AM – 5PM!

Weeksville Heritage Center – in partnership with NYC Health & Hospitals Test + Trace Corps – is hosting a free pop-up vaccine clinic on Saturdays through August 21st.

Drop by 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 for a Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+) COVID-19 vaccine. Bring any valid form of ID. No health insurance or other documentation is necessary.

Please come to the Bergen Street entrance.

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

MORE INFORMATION: link in bio or bit.ly/whc_vaccine

@nychealthsystem
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#nycvaxchamp

07/30/2021

REMINDER: FREE COVID-19 VACCINES TOMORROW AT WHC!
Weeksville Heritage Center – in partnership with NYC Health & Hospitals Test + Trace Corps – is hosting a free pop-up vaccine clinic on Saturdays (through August 21).

Drop by 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 between 11am – 5pm for a Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+) COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring any valid form of ID. No health insurance or other documentation is necessary.

Please come to the Bergen Street entrance.

Children ages 12-15 will need a parent or guardian present with them to receive the vaccine, and those ages 16-17 may present with a note giving permission from their parent, with the parent's name and contact as well as the child's name and date of birth.

FREE | NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

MORE INFORMATION: bit.ly/whc_vaccine

NYC Health + Hospitals
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#NYCVaxChamp

When you travel, how much do you really know about the location you're visiting? Check out this interesting read from Tr...
07/30/2021

When you travel, how much do you really know about the location you're visiting? Check out this interesting read from Travel Noire about historically Black American towns that have been destroyed and buried by a lake or natural park.

Read the article here: https://bit.ly/travel-noire

Travel Noire
#travelnoire
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

When you travel, how much do you really know about the location you're visiting? Check out this interesting read from Travel Noire about historically Black American towns that have been destroyed and buried by a lake or natural park.

Read the article here: https://bit.ly/travel-noire

Travel Noire
#travelnoire
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

07/23/2021

REMINDER: FREE COVID-19 VACCINES STARTING SATURDAY AT WHC!

Weeksville Heritage Center – in partnership with NYC Health & Hospitals Test + Trace Corps – is hosting a free pop-up vaccine clinic on Saturdays (July 24 – August 21).

Drop by 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 between 11am – 5pm for a Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+) COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring any valid form of ID. No health insurance or other documentation is necessary.

The van will be at the Bergen Street entrance.

Children ages 12-15 will need a parent or guardian present with them to receive the vaccine, and those ages 16-17 may present with a note giving permission from their parent, with the parent's name and contact as well as the child's name and date of birth.

FREE | NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
MORE INFORMATION: bit.ly/whc_vaccine

NYC Health + Hospitals
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#NYCVaxChamp

FREE COVID-19 VACCINES AT WHC!Weeksville Heritage Center – in partnership with NY Health & Hospitals Test + Trace Corps ...
07/21/2021

FREE COVID-19 VACCINES AT WHC!

Weeksville Heritage Center – in partnership with NY Health & Hospitals Test + Trace Corps – is hosting a free pop-up vaccine clinic on Saturdays (July 24 – August 21).

Drop by 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 between 11am – 5pm for a Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+) COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring any valid form of ID. No health insurance or other documentation is necessary.

Children ages 12-15 will need a parent or guardian present with them to receive the vaccine, and those ages 16-17 may present with a note giving permission from their parent, with the parent's name and contact as well as the child's name and date of birth.

FREE | NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
MORE INFORMATION: bit.ly/whc_vaccine

NYC Health + Hospitals
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#NYCVaxChamp

FREE COVID-19 VACCINES AT WHC!

Weeksville Heritage Center – in partnership with NY Health & Hospitals Test + Trace Corps – is hosting a free pop-up vaccine clinic on Saturdays (July 24 – August 21).

Drop by 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 between 11am – 5pm for a Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+) COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring any valid form of ID. No health insurance or other documentation is necessary.

Children ages 12-15 will need a parent or guardian present with them to receive the vaccine, and those ages 16-17 may present with a note giving permission from their parent, with the parent's name and contact as well as the child's name and date of birth.

FREE | NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
MORE INFORMATION: bit.ly/whc_vaccine

NYC Health + Hospitals
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#NYCVaxChamp

07/09/2021

Make art with us at Weeksville tomorrow from 11am-4pm! (drop by any time)

Join us and artists from Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, to construct a large, beautiful and colorful weaving that will be displayed along the fences of Weeksville Heritage Center for the next year.

Get ready for:

*A cool time (in our air-conditioned center)
*Lite refreshments
*The opportunity to create an amazing communal work of art!

No RSVP or artistic experience required. This is a free, in-person event taking place at:

Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Bring a friend to share in this unique community experience! This is also a great opportunity to meet some of your neighbors!

More info: link in bio
or https://bit.ly/fence_weaving

@abladeofgrassorg
@brooklynhiartmachine

#globalfenceweaving 
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

07/09/2021

Make art with us at Weeksville on Saturday (7/10) from 11am-4pm! (drop by any time)

Join us and artists from Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, to work on constructing a large, beautiful and colorful fence weaving that will be displayed along the fences of Weeksville Heritage Center for the next year.

Get ready for:

*A cool time (in our air-conditioned center)
*Lite refreshments
*The opportunity to create an amazing communal work of art!

No RSVP or artistic experience required.
This is a free, in-person event taking place at:

Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Bring a friend to share in this unique community experience! This is also a great opportunity to meet some of your neighbors!

More info: https://bit.ly/fence_weaving

A Blade of Grass
#globalfenceweaving
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

Make art with us this afternoon!Today, July 7th, 4–7pm& Saturday, July 10th, 11am–4pmArtists from Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machi...
07/07/2021

Make art with us this afternoon!
Today, July 7th, 4–7pm
& Saturday, July 10th, 11am–4pm

Artists from Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine will lead us in the creation of a large weaving that will be displayed along the fences of Weeksville Heritage Center for the next year.

We need community members with nimble fingers to help us construct a beautiful and colorful fence weaving. No artistic experience necessary.

Come by on one or both dates for a cool time, lite refreshments, and the opportunity to create a communal work of art.

No RSVP required. This is a free, in-person event taking place at:

Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

info: bit.ly/fence_weaving

A Blade of Grass
#globalfenceweaving
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

Make art with us this afternoon!
Today, July 7th, 4–7pm
& Saturday, July 10th, 11am–4pm

Artists from Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine will lead us in the creation of a large weaving that will be displayed along the fences of Weeksville Heritage Center for the next year.

We need community members with nimble fingers to help us construct a beautiful and colorful fence weaving. No artistic experience necessary.

Come by on one or both dates for a cool time, lite refreshments, and the opportunity to create a communal work of art.

No RSVP required. This is a free, in-person event taking place at:

Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

info: bit.ly/fence_weaving

A Blade of Grass
#globalfenceweaving
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

07/05/2021

Join us tonight @7pm EST for our virtual celebration of the 5th of July, a day acknowledged as Independence Day for Black New Yorkers since 1827.

Featuring artists Akeema-Zane and Rena Anakwe’s sound installation, Sonic Escape Routes, and an intergenerational artist talk moderated by High School student, Kaila Koran Bain. See you there!

RSVP: bit.ly/whc_july5

With:

Rena Anakwe, Artist
Akeema Dash Zane, Artist
Kalia Koran Bain, Conversation Moderator
Joyce LeeAnn, (Archival Alchemy) Program Curator

#weeksvilleheritagecenter #5thOfJuly

On the eve of the 5th of July, check out this interesting letter from a from freed slave Jourdon Anderson to his former ...
07/04/2021

On the eve of the 5th of July, check out this interesting letter from a from freed slave Jourdon Anderson to his former Master.

Re-posted from @facinghistory

READ THE REST OF THE LETTER HERE: bit.ly/facing_history 

#weeksvilleheritagecenter 
#5thofJuly

07/04/2021
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On the eve of the 5th of July, check out this interesting letter from a from freed slave Jourdon Anderson to his former Master.

Re-posted from: Facing History and Ourselves

Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865.

To my old Master, Colonel P. H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee.

Sir:

I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin's to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again, and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.

READ THE REST OF THE LETTER HERE: bit.ly/facing_history

#weeksvilleheritagecenter
#5thofJuly

Grasping Things At The Route is WHC’s 2021 virtual celebration of the 5th of July, a day acknowledged as Independence Da...
07/02/2021

Grasping Things At The Route is WHC’s 2021 virtual celebration of the 5th of July, a day acknowledged as Independence Day for Black New Yorkers since 1827.

The event features a screening of the sound installation Sonic Escape Routes and is followed by an intergenerational artist talk. We’re thrilled to welcome Artists Akeema-Zane and Rena Anakwe, 10th grade Conversation Moderator Kaila Koran Bain, and Program Curator Joyce LeeAnn!

Conversation Moderator Kalia Koran Bain is a 10th grade Ember Charter School student in Brooklyn. She is a singer, songwriter, poet, rapper, organizer, activist, and proponent for disseminating a message of strength and unity through art. Kaila was a participant of the 2020 Building on a Legacy youth workshop series for WHC’s The Legacy Project.

Artist Rena Anakwe (Rena Anakwe) is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and healer working primarily with sound, visuals, and scent. She was recently awarded a 2021-2022 MacDowell Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Arts and is currently a resident of the Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists at Abrons Arts Center.

Artist Akeema-Zane (Akeema Dash Zane)is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher who centers the literary, cinematic, and performance traditions. She has been an artist-in-residence, student, fellow and performer at Groundation Grenada, Cave Canem, The Maysles Documentary Center, Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, and The School of Making Thinking.

Program Curator Joyce LeeAnn (Archival Alchemy) is a certified archivist and interdisciplinary artist. She’s worked for a community archive, a corporate archive, a large public library, and a prestigious museum. Since 2011, Joyce LeeAnn has fulfilled various roles at WHC, including curating and producing public programming for The Legacy Project.

Join us for “5th of July: Grasping Things At The Route” on Monday,7/5! 


RSVP now: Link in WHC bio or bit.ly/whc_july5

#weeksvilleheritagecenter #5thofjuly

Let the Weaving Begin!Wednesday, July 7th, 4–7pm & Saturday, July 10th, 11am–4pmJoin us, along with the artists from Bro...
07/01/2021

Let the Weaving Begin!

Wednesday, July 7th, 4–7pm
& Saturday, July 10th, 11am–4pm

Join us, along with the artists from Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, as we begin creating the fence weaving that will be displayed along the fences of Weeksville Heritage Center for the next year.

We need community members with nimble fingers to help us construct a large, beautiful and colorful piece. No artistic experience necessary.

Take a break from the heat! Join us at Weeksville Heritage Center on one or both dates for a cool time, lite refreshments, and the opportunity to create a communal work of art.

No RSVP required. Come to one or both sessions.

This is an in-person event taking place at WHC:
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

A Blade of Grass
#globalfenceweaving
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

more info: bit.ly/fence_weaving

Let the Weaving Begin!

Wednesday, July 7th, 4–7pm
& Saturday, July 10th, 11am–4pm

Join us, along with the artists from Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, as we begin creating the fence weaving that will be displayed along the fences of Weeksville Heritage Center for the next year.

We need community members with nimble fingers to help us construct a large, beautiful and colorful piece. No artistic experience necessary.

Take a break from the heat! Join us at Weeksville Heritage Center on one or both dates for a cool time, lite refreshments, and the opportunity to create a communal work of art.

No RSVP required. Come to one or both sessions.

This is an in-person event taking place at WHC:
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

A Blade of Grass
#globalfenceweaving
#weeksvilleheritagecenter

more info: bit.ly/fence_weaving

06/27/2021

Tonight at 6pm EST! Join us online for Jubilee 11213, a theatrical ceremony and community processional that tells the story of Black people who, in the spirit of interdependence and self-determination, build a town as a space of refuge, functional fugitivity, and autonomy.

RSVP: Link in WHC Bio or bit.ly/jubilee11213

#bettysdaughterartscollaborative
#weeksvilleheritagecenter
@creative_capital

Ebony N. Golden (creator and lead artist): @ebonynoellegolden, @jupiterperformancestudio

Kelvyn Bell (music director / composer): @kelvynatorfunk

André Zachery (associate choreographer / rehearsal director): @amzrpg, @renegadepg

Kirrin Tubo (production stage manager): @kirrin.tubo

Graceson Abreu Nunez (creative studio assistant): @graceson.an

Damian Joel (fashion griot): @thesocietystylist

Viktor Le Givens (creative collaborator / performance film creator): @southernandroid00

Victor Vazquez (casting): @victorvictorv

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158 Buffalo Ave
Brooklyn, NY
11213

A and C trains to Utica Avenue. 3 or 4 trains to Utica Avenue. B65 and B15 buses to Bergen Street, near Buffalo Avenue. B46 Local bus to Bergen Street.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(718) 756-5250

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Enjoy - Amid the rundown buildings and deteriorating streets of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section, young children under Project Weeksville are "Digging for Black Pride," and coming up with artifacts which link them to their 19th century ancestors. Black Journal focuses on this project in the second show of the 1971-72 season. Under Project Weeksville, black children are learning of early Bedford-Stuyvesant residents who held off white raiders during the Irish Draft Riots of 1863.
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I discovered this site of living history several years ago - a physical community, a village of homes where our African ancestors, formerly enslaved, resided. I was dumbfounded; I had NO knowledge of its existence (I'm not from New York, if that even matters; I'd bet most NY'ers don't know either). This site is LIVING HISTORY - no, OURstory - WE must value, protect & preserve it! Ase.
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A meeting of the minds...I enjoyed being in th company of beautiful, intelligent young women ! ❤️❤️❤️
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