In 2019, the Weeksville Heritage Center was in danger of closing. Situated on land that was once part of one of the largest free Black communities in the United States in the nineteenth century, the institution was in trouble due to rising operating costs and issues with fundraising.

Through crowdfunding, the group was able to raise nearly $300,000 to stay temporarily afloat. More was needed. In March 2020, right as the pandemic was forcing most of New York City into lockdown, Weeksville was added to the city’s Cultural Institutions Group, which opened up access to additional funding from the city and sparked a renewed focus within the nonprofit.

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In 2019, the Weeksville Heritage Center was in danger of closing. Situated on land that was once part of one of the largest free Black communities in the […]

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