Rally held to save Brooklyn building that was once part of the underground railroad

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An emergency rally was held Thursday by many Brooklyn organizations who are trying to save the building located at 227 Duffield St. because of its historic significance.

Community organizations banded together to save the building from the 1800s, which they say is in imminent danger of demolition.
 
They say this historic building at Duffield Street, also known as Abolitionist Place, was part of the underground railroad.
 
Organizers tell News 12 the whole two-block stretch was a community of prominent abolitionists.

The building used to be owned by a woman named Joy Chatel. She died several years ago, but people who knew her say she was committed to preserving the building’s history.
 
Activists say there used to be several historic buildings like this on the block, but all have since been demolished, except one.
 
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has previously told News 12 a request to evaluate this building for landmark status is currently under review.

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