African American Heritage of Brooklyn
Home of Iconic figures like Spike Lee, Jay Z and Shirley Chisholm and with the largest black population in NYC, Brooklyn has long been one of the great centers of African-American culture in the USA. Learn about the forced migration of Africans and the institution of slavery in Brooklyn, the role of African-Americans during the Revolutionary War, discover the Underground Railroad in Brooklyn, and freedom movement during the civil war, learn about the establishment of the black middle class during WWII. Finally, experience the Brooklyn Renaissance, and the rise of African-Americans and Caribbean-Americans during the latter half of the 20th century.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS CAN INCLUDE
- Plymouth Church, once called “The Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad
- Weeksville, the oldest African American village in New York City
- Sites associated with Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Richard Wright, Lena Horne and Spike Lee
- Fort Greene and Bedford Stuyvesant, home of one of the oldest black communities in New York