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 Brooklyns 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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