Participants will be able to identify Seneca Village on a map and make connections between Seneca Village and what is now Central Park.
Intended for all ages
What do we know about Seneca Village?
Using the following guiding questions, write out what you (or your group) already knows about Seneca Village.
Review primary sources.
Utilizing the map from the National Park Service, go on to Google Maps and zoom into Central Park. Can you find Seneca Village on the modern map? As you search, reflect on the significance of your ability to find this location easily right now. Keep your map on hand, because we will be using this map to continue our Seneca Village journey.
If interested in diving deeper into the origins of Seneca Village, consider exploring the following questions in addition to the ones above:
Gotham by Edwin G Burrows and Mike Wallace
Public Lands Curriculum
Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by Elie Mystal
Let’s Talk About the Taking of Black Land | The Nation
NYC Archaeological Collection
Central Park – Seneca Village
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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.
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