Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center Raises Funds to Preserve Black History

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The Weeksville Heritage Center, one of Brooklyn’s historic cultural institutions, is hoping that community donors will save it from closing this summer. The center hopes to raise $200,000 to remain open until September.

The historic house museum in Crown Heights aims to preserve the history and legacy of one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America, the organization’s President and Executive Director Rob Fields told The North Star. Fields said the center is in danger of closing as soon as July if the fundraiser does not succeed.

“Rising operating costs and the challenging fundraising environment for Black cultural institutions have put all the work we do in jeopardy,” Fields said in an email cited by Brownstoner. “We might have to shut our doors in July. It’s that serious.”

Weeksville was established by free Black professionals in 1838, 11 years after New…

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