US Department of Education Resources

…hat premiered at the Irondale Theater in May of 2012; a new website; a public memorial in downtown Brooklyn to honor the anti-slavery movement in Brooklyn; walking tours of Brooklyn’s abolitionists’ and URR sites; and a series of public programs scheduled for the next five years. Legacy of Slavery in Maryland preserves and promotes experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland’s African American population. From the day that Mathias de…

Crisis Decade (1850 – 1860)

…then “Queen Sugar” reigned supreme in Brooklyn. The sugar industry, so crucial to Brooklyn’s growth, exploited land and labor from the southern slave plantations of Louisiana to the cane fields of Cuba. Atlantic Docks and Basin. ca. 1870. Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection. V1973.5.856. Brooklyn Historical Society. Teacher’s Manual Section 4: Lesson 13 Brooklyn – the “walled city.” By 1840, Manhattan’s waterfront warehouses had becom

Abolitionist Brooklyn (1828 – 1849)

…nts settled around the Fulton ferry landing. These Brooklynites were Irish immigrants, transplants from new England, descendants of the early Dutch and English settlers, and free African Americans. Though racial prejudice and discrimination were widespread, this diverse community of early Brooklynites lived in close quarters, inhabiting the same streets and public spaces. They lived in neighborhoods that are known today as Downtown Brooklyn, Broo…