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Since 1863

Brooklyn Historical Society makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, meaningful, and relevant today.

Today's Open Hours

  • BHS DUMBO Closed
  • BHS Pierrepont Closed
  • BHS Pierrepont Gift Shop 12 pm - 5 pm
  • Othmer Library Closed

See the 1643 document that represents the long history of Muslims in Brooklyn!

Stop by our Othmer Library from Dec 11 through Dec 15 to see this historic deed documenting the sale of land in Coney Island to Anthony Jansen van Salee, or "Anthony the Turk," the first known person of Muslim origin to settle in the Americas.

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Anthony Jansen van Salee deed front