The events at Plymouth, including last Friday’s panel discussion at the Brooklyn Historical Society on “Fighting Modern Day Slavery,” dovetail into the BHS’s longterm exhibit that opens Jan. 15 and runs through Winter 2018.

This major exhibit, “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom,” explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement — ordinary residents, black and white — who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn’s abolition movement in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project.

Moreover, four film-and-discussion nights will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit. Themed “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, the films will be presented on Tuesdays, Feb. 11, March 11, March 25 and April 8, all at 6:30 p.m. Titles are “The Abolitionists”; “Freedom Riders”; “The Loving Story”; and “Slavery by Another Name.” This series is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, through its Bridging Cultures initiative. Also partnering is the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History. The series is free but registration is necessary; visit

Brooklyn Historical Society Launches Major Exhibit on Fighting Slavery

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