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In Pursuit of Freedom: Brooklyn's Fight Against Slavery

Meet the unsung heroes of Brooklyn's anti-slavery movement on the "In Pursuit of Freedom" Walking Trail. Discover how ordinary citizens helped shape their neighborhoods, city, and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality.

  • 1.

    Simeon S. Jocelyn's Home

    Simeon S. Jocelyn's Home

    A family dedicated to fighting slavery

  • 2.

    Colored School No. 2

    Colored School No. 2

    In pursuit of education.

  • 3.

    227 Abolitionist Place

    227 Abolitionist Place

    A piece of the Underground Railroad's history.

  • 4.

    Mrs. Benton's Inn

    Mrs. Benton's Inn

    Starting point for an anti-slavery rally that happened eight years before abolition

  • 5.

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Venue for concerts, lectures, rallies and an unforgettable Frederick Douglass anti-slavery speech

  • 6.

    Plymouth Church

    Plymouth Church

    Bastion of abolitionism, Underground Railroad station, and host to Abraham Lincoln

  • 7.

    Woolman Benevolent Society

    Woolman Benevolent Society

    Brooklyn's free black community takes care of its own through grassroots efforts

  • 8.

    AWME Bridge Street Church

    AWME Bridge Street Church

    Before it became a student center, this was one of Brooklyn's greatest church buildings

  • 9.

    Brooklyn Historical Society

    Brooklyn Historical Society

    Preserving Brooklyn's History

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