At the Weeksville Heritage Center in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn sits a sculpture made entirely of repurposed pieces of car tires, a Percent for Art commission by artist Chakaia Booker. Weeksville was a free black community founded in 1838 and rediscovered in 1968 by a determined instructor from the Pratt Institute and his friend from the Metropolitan Transit Authority who helped him scout the area with his very own propeller plane. Using archival maps and other records, they found four old shingled houses that didn’t align with the surrounding street grid – remnants of one of the country’s first free black communities, an incredible piece of history hidden in the middle of bustling Brooklyn. Ms. Booker’s bold piece pays homage to this remarkable past.
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