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The Unknown Heroes of Brooklyn's Past : Slideshow

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Brooklyn Historical Society
Bridge Street AWME Church, Brooklyn's oldest black church, circa 1923.
Brooklyn Historical Society
Auction Map of Weeksville, Brooklyn, one of New York's earliest and most successful free black communities.
Brooklyn Historical Society
Sylvanus Smith was one of the original land investors in Weeksville, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Historical Society
This 1815 entry in the Long Island Star advertises a private African school established by Peter Croger. Classes were held in Croger's home.
Brooklyn Historical Society
A rare signed copy of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Brooklyn Historical Society
This post-abolition painting from 1848 portrays an idealized view of life in 18th-century Brooklyn, when slavery was still legal in the North.

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