Gain a deeper understanding of the history of Seneca Village by exploring the physical landmarks and monuments in Central Park that commemorate the community and its residents.
Intended for middle school students and educators
Developed for Museum Hue by Shani Perez.
Let’s explore our past through our present.
Seneca Village was a predominantly African American community that existed on the outskirts of Manhattan in the mid-19th century. Despite facing discrimination and marginalization, the community thrived and grew to include schools, churches, and businesses.
Unfortunately, Seneca Village was destroyed in the 1850s to make way for the construction of Central Park, displacing its residents and erasing much of its history.
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Mapping Communities: Black Enclaves in New York City from 1825 to 1950 is an interactive exploration of these two historic Black communities’ significant contributions to developing New York City’s cultural richness using narrative, timeline, videos, and curriculum. This project was made with love by Museum Hue, Allen Hillery and the DuBois Challenge, Syeda Tabassum, and Liam Elkins.
Museum Hue is the leading organization dedicated to advancing Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color in the cultural field. We have over 400 institutional members, representing cultural and academic institutions across the United States.
Rev. Audrey Williamson of AME Zion Church
Ola Baldych, Director of Design and Exhibits of Poster House
The funding for this project was made possible by Humanities NY and the Ford Foundation.
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