Black in Brooklyn
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In honor of Black History Month, Green-Wood presents this celebration and recognition of the unique stories of black lives in Green-Wood. Although Brooklyn and New York City have long struggled with segregation and racism, they also have a history of diversity, progress, and activism. This trolley tour, led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists who fought for freedom in America.
You'll visit the monuments of Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first black female doctor in the state; Jean-Michel Basquiat, innovative artist of the 1970s and '80s; Jeremiah Hamilton, New York's first black millionaire; civil war heroes and survivors; freed slaves working as abolitionists, and more. Their stories illustrate the long struggle towards equality.
$15 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $20 for non-members. Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant. In order to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility device on the trolley, advance arrangements must be made. Please call (718) 210-3080, ext. 1. Please note that portions of the tour take place outside the trolley and may require exiting the vehicle on multiple occasions. Please contact the Historic Fund for more information. For this program you will check in at the Gothic Arches, right at the main entrance. Trolley tours are run rain or shine, with the exception of dangerous conditions as determined by Green-Wood. Click here for our inclement weather policy.