A monument to racial hierarchy in Brooklyn: Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House Museum

Thanks to determined advocacy and truth-telling, the United States has finally begun to reckon with the role of monuments promoting or enacting racial hierarchy — especially those erected in honor of the Confederate cause.

In New York City, a Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers released recommendations in 2018; another commission is set to take up the issue again.

Yet one of the most problematic sites in the city escaped mention in the 2018 commission report: the Lefferts Historic House Museum in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

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Peter Lefferts and his family, who oversaw the construction of the structure on a 240-acre farm around 1783, owned a significant portion of what we now call central Brooklyn and were one of the largest slaveholding clans in Kings County, breadbasket to New York City. (ShutterStock) Thanks to determined […]


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