Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly is a third-generation native of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Her memberships with the Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History, the African Atlantic Genealogical Society in Long Island, Brooklyn Historical Society, Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution contributed to the successful collection of these rare and remarkable historic photographs.
Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York (Images of America Series)by Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly
The heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant is still found in the near-forgotten settlement of Brooklyn's Bedford Corners, a Dutch township colonized in 1667, where ancient Native American trails determined its now major thoroughfares, and where Colonial patriots fought the British in the country's struggle for independence. Bedford-Stuyvesant remained a quiet farming hamlet… See more details below
The heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant is still found in the near-forgotten settlement of Brooklyn's Bedford Corners, a Dutch township colonized in 1667, where ancient Native American trails determined its now major thoroughfares, and where Colonial patriots fought the British in the country's struggle for independence. Bedford-Stuyvesant remained a quiet farming hamlet until the 1880s when rapid subway transportation, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the burgeoning population of Manhattan combined to forge one of America's first and finest suburban communities. Bedford-Stuyvesant details the evolution of this neighborhood, home to the nation's
second largest African American community, and it documents how this urban center is now finally enjoying new regard for its wealth of architecture and its notable place in American history.
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for anyone who has lived in the area, this book with its pictures and historical information is just a great read. For those unfamiliar with Bedford-Sty, it will be informative. I grew up just south of the cover photo, but remember the many walks in the cover area to get to the Brooklyn Ice Palace on Atlantic avenue just a few blocks north of the photo. The author's organization of the book allows an easy flow of info and pictorial nostalgia. I thank her for that.
This book is a must-have for those who remember Bedford-Stuyvesant with fondness and grace! I hope that all people in my age group (80) and their siblings will have an opportunity to purchase this book. Wilhelmena Kelly has captured the Bed-Stuy that I knew in my teen-age years. I had forgotten the names of some of the venues where Black entertainers were featured such as Arlington Inn, and Putnam Central. The Putnam Central was a hall where jazz musicians had gigs with the new sounds of Be-Bop, which was initiated by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. A few of the local musicians were Max Roach, Tommy Potter, and Duke Jordan and others. I intend to send copies of this book to my friends, who have relocated to Florida. I know that they will enjoy reminiscing in this book with great delight! My thanks to Wilhelmena Kelly. Beatrice Miller