Participants will be able to think critically about the role that Weeksville Heritage Center currently plays in its community, and discuss and form opinions on ways the Heritage Center could expand on its current work further to interpret the importance and impact of this historic site.
Intended for all ages
Let’s explore the five w’s of Weeksville: who, what, when, where, why
Discover a new version of NYC
Read AD 2150 by W.E.B Du Bois. What have you learned about this futuristic NYC? What has already happened? What hasn’t happened yet?
Imagine the future
Chart out your own thoughts about the future. What technologies do you think will be available in 2150? What do you think will still be around? What do you think will happen?
Define your vision
Using your notes from the reading and your own thoughts about the future, what images or text would you add to your futuristic advertisement for Weeksville? What images are you incorporating? What is being highlighted?
Create the poster
Create your poster or other form of advertisement using the materials that excite you most or that you have on hand. Share your posters with us via Instagram or email. We might post them (with your permission of course!)
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. A. D. 2150, 1950. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
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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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