In connection with the Brooklyn Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom,” BHS, in partnership with Green-Wood, will host a book talk with Frank Decker to discuss his new book about our nation’s greatest struggle. The book, titled “Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era,” explores the important role that Plymouth Church played in anti-slavery activism in Brooklyn under the leadership of Henry Ward Beecher, who guided his congregants as they held mock slave auctions, raised money to purchase freedom for slaves, and maintained their church as a busy Underground Railroad station.
Henry Ward Beecher is also one of Green-Wood’s most famous permanent residents. Green-Wood’s Historical Collections include over 200 items related to this dynamic figure and the legacy of Plymouth Church. After the book talk, attendees are invited to view a selection of these rare artifacts, including personal correspondence, historic photos, and newspaper clippings.
The book talk will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights). The event is $5 or free for BHS members.