Posted: October 28, 2015
Explore the buildings, objects and lives of the residents of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses, Brooklyn, New York, through this innovative interactive tool
Throughout November 2015, Adam Matthew will provide free access to The Weeksville Exhibition – one part of the recently released African American Communities digital primary source collection.
The Weeksville Exhibition allows users to explore the layout and objects from the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses in Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY – the site of one of the first free black communities in the United States.
Navigating through blueprints, photographs and panorama vistas, users can select objects to discover more, move from room to room and house to house, exploring intimate details of the buildings, their residents and day-to-day activities.
In addition, the Weeksville Exhibition features fascinating oral histories that formed part of ‘Project Weeksville’ - audio recordings of Weeksville residents describing their experiences of this free black community first-hand.
The Weeksville Exhibition is available at the following link throughout November 2015:
Weeksville was left to deteriorate until the late 1960s when a small group of community activists rediscovered four dilapidated buildings and transformed them into a New York City landmark. Today, the WHC is Brooklyn’s largest cultural institution dedicated to preserving the history of the African American community of Weeksville.
African American Communities is the latest digital primary source collection designed for teaching and research, from Adam Matthew. Free trials of the entire collection are available - more information can be found here.
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