Saturday, May 17, 2008

May issue of Underground Railroad Free Press released

The Underground Railroad Free Press just released its May 2008 issue. Their email states:
Underground Railroad Free Press is distributed internationally free of charge to nearly 1,700 Underground Railroad site owners, program operators, Congressional leaders and their staff, federal and state officials, librarians, historians, experts and enthusiasts.
You can visit their site here or download the PDF here. There's nothing on Duffield Street in this issue, but the organization has been supportive of our efforts in Brooklyn in the past.

Friday, May 16, 2008

HDC Honors Duffield Defenders

The Historic Districts Council honored the Duffield Street coalition yesterday at their 2008 Grassroots Preservation Awards. The event got off to a strong start with Reverend Billy, who gave a rousing defense of the importance of free speech icons such as Union Square. Here is a video of Rev. Billy's defense of public space, or as he would say, Preservaluliah. The other awardees were Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, DUMBO Neighborhood Association, Juniper Park Civic Association, Council Member Jessica Lappin and Brownstoner.

The advocates for 227 Duffield closed the event with several moving speeches by FUREE, Jennifer Levy, Lewis Greenstein and Joy Chatel. Many groups and individuals deserve credit for our efforts to promote Brooklyn through the celebration of the heroic defiance against slavery all along Duffield Street. HDC has long been an advocate, and we would like to thank them. There are too many people to thank, but one group that does deserve recognition is Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance.

Here is a photo essay from the awards.