Celebrating Brooklyn’s Black History

10 Places to Honor Black History Month

Brooklyn’s black history includes the first African-American major league baseball player, the birthplace of Hip-hop music, and a hub on the underground railroad. Explore Brooklyn’s black history at these ten places during Black History Month.

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    Weeksville Heritage Center

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    Visit Weeksville Heritage Center, an African-American cultural institution. The museum is "dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities." Walk-in tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 pm. Check the schedule for weekend events. 

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    Watch a Free Documentary on the Black Panthers

    On February 5th from 6:30-8:30 at the St. Johns Recreation Center at 1251 Prospect Place, Indie Lens Pop Up and WNET will show a preview screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson before it airs on PBS on February 16, 2016.

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    Brooklyn Museum

    Head to Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, February 6th for the Museum's Free First Saturdays. The event starts at 5 pm and this month's theme is Radical Black History. Enjoy an evening of art, music, film, and discussions at this free event at the Brooklyn Museum. 

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    Black Artstory

    Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership presents the fourth annual Black Artstory, titled Some Assembly Required. The month-long event includes free weekly performances, talks, film screenings and art on Myrtle Avenue. 

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    Brooklyn Children's Museum

    Celebrate Black History Month at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on February 13th & 14th, the museum will host a weekend-long celebration including art and cultural events for families. 

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    Green-Wood Cemetery

    On February 27th from 1 pm-3 pm, the Green-Wood Cemetery will host a trolley tour highlighting spots in the cemetery that pay tribute to Brooklyn's black history.

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    The Brooklyn Historical Society

    The Brooklyn Historical Society has many events to honor Black History Month, including a preview of Calvin Alexander Ramsey's documentary-in-progress on the Green Book, a guidebook from the 1930s that helped African Americans navigate through the South during segregation. The screening takes place on February 18th at 6:30 pm.

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    The Brooklyn Public Library

    The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting numerous programs throughout the month to celebrate Black History Month. From film screenings to readings, scavenger hunts, and other activities at branches throughout Brooklyn.

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    Go on a Brooklyn Hip Hop Tour

    Learn about this history of Brooklyn's famed music scene on a Hip Hop Tour of Brooklyn. 

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    Brooklyn Borough Hall

    On February 25th at 6pm-9pm, Brooklyn Borough Hall honors African-Americans born, raised and growing up in Brooklyn.