BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - The Bedford-Stuyvesant community is rallying to save the Slave Theater, which is in disrepair and has an uncertain future.

The owner, former Judge John Phillips, recently died and taxes are owed on the property. Those who remember the history of the building, located at 1215 Fulton St., are fighting to give it a future.

"For many years, some of our leading activists would come here every Wednesday night and have rallies that helped lead to [David] Dinkins becoming mayor," said activist Kazembe Batts, who got the message out with a bullhorn.

Councilman Charles Barron, who is on the panel that will decide whether to give the site landmark status, said it's a top priority for him. "We don't have a place where young people can come and learn about their culture," Barron said. "The more they can find out, the less likely they are to go into gangs."

Barron wants to see the site renovated and redeveloped.

Related information:Judge John Phillips viewing Monday, Feb. 25 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.Woodward Funeral Home1 Troy Ave.Funeral Tuesday, Feb. 26Open Door Church of God and Christ999 Greene Ave.