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Weeksville was a bustling community, far off in the wilds of Brooklyn, established by former slave James Weeks in 1838 for free African- Americans.  This was only 11 years after the abolition of slavery in New York state-- a time when African- Americans had very few opportunities for land ownership.  That area is now where Bedford- Stuyvesant, East New York, and Brownsville meet.  Your hosts Kathleen and Kate tell you all about how Weeksville was started,  how it was almost lost from history forever, and the miraculous rediscovery and restoration of this amazing town in African- American history.

Links to check out after listening to the 'cast:

The Weeksville Heritage Center

Thirteen.org's excellent video about Weeksville

A video of a white guy talking about Weeksville. Kenneth Jackson is a Professor of History at Columbia University.

A great blog post featuring Weeksville in NYPL's awesome digitized map collection.

As always, our Facebook page has a ton of bonus images!

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