A Walking Tour in Central Park*
Reconstructing Seneca Village 

"Manhattan First Significant African American Community"

Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village

  With Public Historian

Cynthia Copeland
Thursday, June 16th at 6:00PM

In the 1850s, Seneca Village, a thriving community with a population of nearly 300 people, existed on land between 81st and 89th Streets. This predominantly African American community was evicted and their land was taken through the right of eminent domain to make way for the construction of Central Park. It included a school, and three churches; two were black churches and one was racially integrated. Join us for the fascinating story of how African Americans came to acquire property in the area as early as 1825 and step back in time to reclaim the memory of this community. 


Cynthia Copeland
, President of The Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village.

*Central Park, covering a span of 843 acres, was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and architect Calvert Vaux. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated it a scenic landmark in 1974   


**Space is limited**Meeting Location TBD**

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance

Call 212-496-1714 or email [email protected].