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 was it like to be part of such a small population? This issue of the Colored American, published March 31, 1837, gives us some clues about the challenges of being “thinly scattered over the country in small communities.”
It is well known that the people of color being thinly scattered over the country in small communities, remote from and unknown to each other, without any common channel or medium of communication between them has operated to their disadvantage…
Nearly 2,000 people in the city of Brooklyn, but what do the other columns mean? Only 10 people have taxable property? Which somehow translates to 30 votes?
click here to learn more about the Colored American newspaper, also known as the Weekly Advocate, published 1837-1841. Samuel Cornish, editor.