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Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711)
Kate Fermoile (Project Director: February 2009 to March 2014)

Interpreting America's Historic Places: Implementation Grants
Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$399,984 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2009 – 11/30/2013

In Pursuit of Freedom

Implementation of a multifaceted program on the history of abolitionism in Brooklyn: including three exhibitions, permanent historic markers, walking tours, a website, and public programs.

In Pursuit of Freedom is a multifaceted public program tracing the history of abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in Brooklyn providing new resources for understanding this dramatic and profoundly significant chapter in American history. Comprising exhibitions, a permanently marked walking tour system, and a content-rich interactive web site, this landmark project will engage metropolitan and national audiences, transforming public memory of this critical chapter of the history of American freedom. The project will bring together the resources of three complimentary organizations the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Irondale Ensemble Project.