‘In Pursuit of Freedom’ exhibit at Brooklyn Historical Society introduces local abolitionists

One out of every three people who lived in Brooklyn in the early 18th century was enslaved.

One out of every three people who lived in Brooklyn in the early 18th century was enslaved. (1/16/14)

BROOKLYN - A new exhibit from the Brooklyn Historical Society is highlighting the borough's role in ending slavery.

"In Pursuit of Freedom" introduces visitors to local abolitionists, such as Benjamin and Peter Kroger, who lived in what is now DUMBO, and William and Willis Hodges, who lived in what is now Williamsburg.

The historical society says that one out of every three people who lived in Brooklyn in the early 18th century was enslaved, and the showcase shares the stories behind the local people who helped change that.

It took five years of research and planning to pull the exhibit together. It will run in Brooklyn Heights until 2018.
 

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