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Black history in the boroughs: Weeksville

Posted at 12:43 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 17:27:23-04

We didn't have to go far to uncover an essential part of black history in Brooklyn.

James Weeks, a freed slave from Virginia, purchased a plot of land in 1838, 11 years after slavery was abolishe. That plot was turned into a base of power for free slaves.

The community of Weeksville prided itself on being self-sustaining: having its own schools, churches, a senior citizen home and even its own newspaper, called The Freedsman Torchlight.

Until now, we've known very little about the people who lived there.

The Weeksville Heritage Center hosts Weeksville Weekends, which gives visitors free access to exhibits as well as tours of the historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Find out about their events here.