Why Blog My Weeksville Research?

The Weeksville Heritage Center is a collection of four, wood-frame houses tucked sideways inside a city block in Central Brooklyn, New York. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hunterfly Road Houses are a few of the only remaining houses that once made up the black community of landowners known as Weeksville.   Black families established Weeksville in …

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 Zoom out …

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 …