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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society Next Week

It’s been called “Lavender Lake”, it’s still a Superfund site, but its banks are now also a development site, as they were in the 19th century. At Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday evening, October 13, at 7:00 Joseph Alexiou will discuss his new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal. This event is presented in partnership with […]

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New Book Tells History of Plymouth Church in Antislavery Movement and Civil War

This evening there was a book launch party at Plymouth Church for Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era: a Ministry of Freedom, (History Press, Charleston, SC, 2013) a new book by church member Frank Decker, assisted by Lois Rosebrooks, Plymouth’s Director of History Ministry Services. The book tells the story of Plymouth’s role […]

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NY1: Plymouth Church Featured in Underground Railroad Tours

As we’ve previously noted, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, at Hicks and Orange Streets, was an important part of the “Underground Railroad”. This was the clandestine system established by abolitionists, of which Henry Ward Beecher, minister at Plymouth in the pre-Civil War Years, was an inspirational leader, to help fugitive slaves escape to freedom in […]

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Underground Railroad Festival at Plymouth Church, Saturday, June 19

Photo by Mille Fiori Favoriti. No, it isn’t about subways. June 19, “Juneteenth”, is celebrated as the day slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation. This coming June 19, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., there will be a festival at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Hicks and Orange Streets, commemorating that church’s role as the […]

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Teen Novel Tackles Civil War Era Brooklyn Heights

It’s not everyday that you come across a book featuring an Afro-Latina time traveler who lands in Brooklyn Heights circa 1863.  In author Zetta Elliot’s A Wish After Midnight, Crown Heights teen Genna is transported back in time to her neighborhood in the Civil War era, a wish granted after tossing a coin into the fountain […]

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