Black History Tour at Greenwood Cemetery Tomorrow.
Feb 26, 2016 black history month,brooklyn,greenwood cemetery,Jean-Michel Basquiat,Jeremiah Hamilton,Susan Smith McKinney Steward
Tomorrow from 1-3pm Greenwood Cemetery will be celebrating Black History Month with a trolley tour focused on inspirational African American’s buried at the cemetery. This sounds so interesting and like a wonderful event to bring your kids. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members. You can see more and purchase tickets here. More about this event below also.
In honor of Black History Month, Green-Wood presents this celebration and recognition of the unique stories of black lives in Green-Wood. Though segregation has certainly been an issue in the city, Brooklyn and New York also have long histories 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 working 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 and the deep impact black New Yorkers have been making on New York City culture since its inception.