Black History Fact Of The Day

There is a section of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn called “Weeksville.” It derived its moniker from James Weeks. According to the Weeksville Society’s website, James Weeks was an African American who purchased the land- which now bears his name- in 1838. He brought the land from Henry Thompson, who was also a “free African American.”

Weeksville was the residence of many pioneering African Americans, including: the first Black female doctor in New York, and NYC’s first Black police officer. Weeksville is also noted for being a prosperous, self-sustaining community. According to www.Weeksvillesociety.org, “Weeksville had its own schools and churches, an orphanage, an old age home, and one of the first African-American newspapers- the Freedman’s Torchlight. During the violent draft riots of 1863, the community served as a refuge for hundreds of African-Americans who fled Manhattan.”

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Gentrification In Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

A short documentary on the gentrification of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The filmmaker interviews various people about the issue of gentrification in general, and specifically how it affects Bed-Stuy.

[SIDEBAR: $350 for rent?? There are people who have lived in Bed-Stuy for generations whose rent isn’t that cheap. Where did he gat that deal?! SMH!]

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