seneca village – CLASSROOM

seneca village

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.