Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, Brooklyn, New York was the second largest concentration of enslaved Africans and African Americans during the period of slavery. A claim that is widely accepted. At Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Africans and African Americans that worked on the Brooklyn waterfront, farmlands, estates, storage centers, and those who sought freedom aboard ships arriving in Brooklyn, along with the abolitionist and Native Americans that took bold steps to help the enslaved will be remembered with a battery operated candle light vigil ceremony.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division and Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy at New York Public Library, New York State Library, New York State Museum, National Museum African American History and Culture, African Atlantic Genealogical Society, Brooklyn Historical Society and others along with environmental impact statements as it correlates to development along Brooklyn waterfront have been a great resource of information. 

400 year anniversary

Our commemoration will highlight resilience of African Americans and their contributions to State of New York and the United States.

The New York City Congressional delegation were invited to select one African-American constituent to be honored on Pebble Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park. HR 1242 Resilience Project will also select additional honorees. With the recent and bipartisan passage of A7667/ S3204, all New York State Senators and Assemblymembers are invited to submit names of African-American constituents, which will be recognized as well on August 17. 

"God gave us the fire, Harriet Tubman made the sacrifice"

"400 years has a date at Brooklyn Bridge"

"We must tell the whole story without anger or apology..." 

"Let your faith be greater, then your fear..."

"5 million Africans arrived in Brazil, 1 million in Jamaica & Cuba, 400,000 in United States"

"Faith is a gasoline that never runs on E..."

"We can't heal without Africa, and Africa can't heal without us..."

"Memorials are a reminder of the past, we can't forget our past. When we do, we are bound to repeat the same problems."