Honoring the Past, Building the Future
The Flatbush African Burial Ground Remembrance and Redevelopment Task Force is leading an effort to build recommendations to honor an African burial ground and serve the neighborhood with 100% affordable housing and a youth-focused community facility in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
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In October 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Member Mathieu Eugene announced plans to transform a site on the corner of Bedford and Church Avenues into affordable homes and a youth-focused community facility space. This effort is being led by an interagency City team and the community-led Flatbush African Burial Ground Remembrance and Redevelopment Task Force. Read more about the project team and timeline.
The Guiding Force
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Council Member Mathieu Eugene convened and began to co-chair the Task Force in late 2020 as a collaborative, community-driven effort to meaningfully honor the history of the site and plan for its future.
This group will help develop recommendations to guide memorialization of the site’s history, proper treatment of any additional human remains, if discovered, and other aspects of the future development.
In 2001, archeological excavations of the grounds of the Bedford-Church site uncovered fragments of human remains and other artifacts, which contribute to evidence that a burial ground for people of African ancestry once existed in the vicinity. At the time of excavation, the human remains were transferred to the minister of the Flatbush Reformed Church for reinterment in their consecrated cemetery. Read more about the site history here.
It Takes a Community
The involvement of the broader Flatbush community is vital for the project to meet current needs and fully and appropriately honor local history. Community members will have multiple opportunities in the coming months to support the shaping of the Task Force’s recommendations, including:
This process will lead to the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of summer 2021 to a set of qualified developers, selected through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The prospective development team will be selected, in part, based on their ability to incorporate the community-guided recommendations of the Task Force into their proposal. The team selected through the RFP process will build affordable homes and a youth-focused community facility space on the site.