Weeksville Raises More Than $200K

One of the historic houses at Weeksville Heritage Center. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Weeksville Heritage Center has raised more than $245,000 in the 12 days after announcing a budget shortfall that would close the museum. The center had set a crowdfunding goal of $200,000 to stay open. Located in Crown Heights, the center keeps alive the history of one of the largest pre-Civil War free Black communities in the country.

According to BK Reader, “Weeksville met its goal over the weekend, raising $208,000 in ten days.” It added: “But the fight is not over. A second round of funding is needed to build an emergency cash reserve until other grants are secured.”

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s Lore Croghan described Weeksville in a story from last week on the fundraising effort: “Today, landmarked 19th-century houses from that independent black community are the crown jewels of Weeksville Heritage Center,”

The historic houses on the museum site belong to the nonprofit Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History. The organization bought 1698 Bergen St. for $16,000 from the estate of David C. Williams in 1978, city Finance Department records show.

The nonprofit bought the other historic houses, whose addresses are 1700 through 1708 Bergen St., from Sheffield Rehabilitation Corporation in 1977, Finance Department records indicate.

The museum property also hosts an education and cultural arts building that the city of New York constructed and owns.

Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle to read more on Weeksville, including the Native American connection and how a professor and a pilot went looking for the houses in 1968.

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