Brooklyn Preservation Council calls on Parks Dept. to recognize abolitionist history of First Baptist Church

The Brooklyn Preservation Council wants to install the sign at the church's former site near Cadman Plaza.

The Brooklyn Preservation Council wants to install the sign at the church's former site near Cadman Plaza. (7/24/13)

BROOKLYN - The Brooklyn Preservation Council is urging the city to bring deserved recognition to a historic church.

Council members are asking the Parks Department to install a sign in Cadman Plaza, located near the former site of the First Baptist Church. The sign would commemorate the building's role in the abolitionist movement.

It was part of a network of churches and organizations that secretly housed slaves along the Underground Railroad.

Preservation Council President Robert Furman helped produce a model of the plaque, which is expected to cost $60,000.
 

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