Weeksville, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn   2006-04-24

 

From ... http://www.weeksvillesociety.org/

 

"Historic Weeksville was a nineteenth century community located in the Ninth Ward of Brooklyn, New York. It was named for James Weeks, an African American who purchased land there in 1838 from Henry C. Thompson (another free African-American). An article in the New York Age, February 22, 1906, recalling the earlier period, said that Mr. Weeks, a stevedore and a respected member of the community, "owned a handsome dwelling at Schenectady and Atlantic Avenues." Weeksville was home to ministers, teachers and other professionals, including the first female African-American physician in New York state, and the first African-American police officer in New York City. Weeksville had its own schools and churches, an orphanage, an old age home, and one of the first African-American newspapers, the Freedman's Torchlight. During the violent draft riots of 1863, the community served as a refuge for hundreds of African-Americans who fled Manhattan.

 

A historic settlement of great national significance that developed in the midst of nineteenth century Brooklyn, Weeksville has become a testament to the preserverance of Post-Civil War African Americans and a powerful symbol of the endurance of a community."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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