Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities.
Weeksville, part of the present-day neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, was an independent free black community, named for James Weeks. Weeks purchased property in 1838, along with other African American investors, in order to create an intentional landowning community. Continuing the legacy of self-determination, Weeksville's history was rediscovered in 1968 when urbanization threatened to erase the physical memory by destroying the few remaining historic homes. Instead, a grassroots preservation effort started to preserve the Hunterfly Road Houses and the memory of historic Weeksville.
There is no place like this in NYC. It captures a fleeting piece of NYC's past.
What: Sketch the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn - 158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
When: This Saturday October 13th starting at 10 AM. Running late? We'll be there.
How: Subway -
- Take the C train (Euclid Avenue) to Ralph Avenue - walk 11 minutes or 0.5 miles.
- The A train (Far Rockaway - Mott Avenue) to Utica Avenue Walk 14 minutes or 0.7 miles
Lunch: 12:00 Noon - Bring your own or rely on a handful of bodegas in the area. We'll dine outdoors
Afternoon: 1:15 PM Continue sketching
Show and Tell: 3:00 PM Will be held out doors at the Weeksville site where we will share drawings, good stories.
_ Dress warmly - in layers the high is supposed to be 57 degrees
- Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128
There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome.