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Flatbush + Main Episode 06: School Segregation in Brooklyn

In episode 06 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia explore the complicated relationship between race, power, and policy in Brooklyn’s educational system over two centuries. They speak with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and historian Ansley Erickson about the rezoning of one Brooklyn school, P.S. 307, and the roots of school segregation in New York City; head into the archives to analyze an 1863 letter written by William J. Wilson, an educational leader in Brooklyn’s African American community; and listen to the experiences of Mary Barksdale, who served as a local school board representative and president of the parent-teachers association in her son’s school in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. Finally, they get a glimpse into one of BHS’s most innovative after school programs from Shirley Brown-Alleyne, BHS Manager of Teaching and Learning.

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East New York Then, Now, and in the Future

BHS hosted a panel discussion entitled “A Biography of East New York” on Tuesday, July 14, about how this Brooklyn neighborhood got to where it is today and where it is headed in the future. Moderated by Jarrett Murphy, the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Horses in Brooklyn

This week, we have yet another pastoral image of Brooklyn circa 1900, complete with a dirt road, a picket fence and a well in the yard beside the wooden clapboard house. It is not news that many of the outer … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Photo of the Week: Gotham Theatre and East New York Junction

This postcard depicts a typical Brooklyn street scene from the 1890s, showing horse-drawn vehicles, trolleys, and one of the city’s newly-constructed elevated rail lines. The Gotham Theatre, on the right side of this image, was located near the intersection of … Continue reading

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“We Live in Brooklyn, Baby”

Several weeks ago I attended the Roy Ayers concert at SummerStage (here’s the live performance) in Central Park. It was a gorgeous evening, with a crowd that probably represented six of the seven continents. When Ayers played Harry Whitaker‘s song, … Continue reading

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