Day 60

Bethel Tabernacle

February 28th, 2012

The original building that stood on this site was an African Free School, later renamed Colored School No. 2 after becoming part of Brooklyn's public school system. In 1893, it merged with the all-white PS 83 to form Brooklyn's first integrated school, with a racially mixed administration, faculty, and student body. The building you see here, constructed as a replacement for the original PS 83 building, was purchased from the city in 1978 by Bethel Tabernacle, one of the original churches of the Weeksville settlement. It was an expansive addition for the church, sure, but it had its drawbacks, too: the food was terrible and you needed a hall pass to use the bathroom. The church, whose main building is across the street, still owns this property, although they haven't used it in years.

One Comment

  1. Sharon says:

    Thank you for bring history to us.

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