For the latest updates on the storm and your commute, check out our transit tracker

Emancipation Day Tradition Revived In Bed Stuy

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Nearly two centuries ago, freed slaves in New York started a tradition of celebrating independence day on the day after the national holiday -- on the 5th of July.

This weekend, the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn revived the African-American tradition of "Emancipation Day" with a special lineup of lectures, films, and music by musician Cody ChesnuTT.

Weeksville sits on the historical site of one of the first post-Civil War African-American communities in New York.


More in:

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.



Supported by