This year efforts like the 1619 Project and 400 Years of Inequality have riveted our attention to the consequences of our national history of enslavement for people’s lives today. New York Appleseed is proud to make its own contribution by sponsoring a performance of Nothing About Us by the students of Epic Theatre Ensemble at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park Saturday, October 19 at 6pm.
Agricultural Kings County (what is now Brooklyn) was the “slaveholding capital” of New York State in the period AFTER the Revolutionary War, and the Lefferts family represented the largest group of enslavers in the county during that period. Enslaved persons lived within the structure known today as the Lefferts Historic House and were at times the majority of its inhabitants.
Segregation is one of the many unaddressed legacies of slavery in New York. Nothing About Us gives us an opportunity both to acknowledge our city’s role in this history and to honor the agency of young people of color in resisting its ongoing effects. Please join us.