In honor of Black History Month, the Brooklyn Historical Society has a huge exhibit on slavery and its abolitionist foes. There are maps, advertisements, private letters and other artifacts, along with interactive multi-media exhibits, focusing on the role of Brooklyn’s black abolitionism both before 1834 when the City of Brooklyn was incorporated, and after.
Among other things, you’ll learn that in 1790, one-third of the population of Brooklyn was enslved.
Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom is open through late March at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. The Brooklyn Historical Society is housed in a landmark 1881 terra cotta building.
When you visit, be sure to stop by the spectacular two-floor wood-lined library. It’s one of the most beautiful libraries in New York City.