Why Blog My Weeksville Research?

The Weeksville Heritage Center is a collection of four, wood-frame houses (also known as the Hunterfly Road Houses) tucked sideways inside a city block in Central Brooklyn, New York. The houses have been preserved to tell the story of Weeksville, a black community of landowners formed in the 1830s in what was then rural Kings County, Long Island.   Black …

Brooklyn Deep Podcast (What is Weeksville?)

[THIS PAGE IS IN PROGRESS AS OF 11/8/2017]   Vivian Millicent Warfield and Aimee VonBokel spoke with Mark Winston-Griffith, Veralyn Williams, and, TK / Tasty Keish / Keisha Dutes. The topic of our conversation: Vivian’s family history, the history of black home-ownership in Brooklyn, and racial wealth equity. We almost got Rob Fields from the Weeksville Heritage Center to comment. …

1837 Tables of Population for Kings County, Long Island (Brooklyn)

Here’s what I learned about Weeksville today, October 28, 2017: In many cases, Weeksville descendants can trace their ancestry back to the 1830s or earlier: the days when Brooklyn was just one of many villages scattered about Long Island. I’m aware that black residents made up just a small part of the population then, but what did that mean? What …

Sidney Strangor Painter: Weeksville Resident

Here’s what I learned about Weeksville today, August 20, 2017:   Vivian and I spent the last few months looking for the deed to her great-grandfather’s house in Weeksville. Turns out he bought on Marion Street. Does that count as Weeksville? (see map below) We found the deed-abstract at Brooklyn Historical Society.   Map showing 85 Marion Street ca. 1904 …

P.S. 83: Integrated in 1893, but did integration last?

Here’s what I learned about Weeksville today, Friday, August 18, 2017: I knew that people like T. McCants Stewart and Rufus L. Perry Sr. integrated P.S. 83 (Crown Heights, Brooklyn) in 1893. But as Nikole Hannah-Jones has demonstrated, Brooklyn’s schools are separate and unequal today. Q: Were Brooklyn schools more integrated in the past than they are now? How long did P.S. 83 remain integrated? This summer, I …

Rufus L. Perry’s Church: an image and a map

Here’s what I learned about Weeksville today, August 17, 2017: So I knew a bit about Rufus L. Perry, Sr. A clergyman and a respected member of Brooklyn’s black community, he also founded a church. Today I came upon an image of the Messiah Baptist Church, a brief description of the church’s founding, and an address. Image and text from History of …