[EPISODE] A Brooklyn Special
Join me for a special episode on Brooklyn AND Women’s History Month (even though it ended yesterday).
My guests will be local historian Lucie Levine, founder of Archive On Parade, who will speak about the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Brooklyn, and Michelle Young, founder of Untapped Cities, who will talk about the release of the second edition of her book Secret Brooklyn.
Jeff welcomes Lucie Levine back to the show to discuss Brooklyn and its connection to the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Jeff and Lucie explore the history of women’s suffrage within New York City. Lucie describes the role of Henry Ward Beecher and the Brooklyn clergy in the suffrage movement.
Lucie brings up the role of African American Brooklyn residents and their efforts in the suffrage movement. She traces the history of the Black Women’s Suffrage Movement in Brooklyn. Lucie notes the Smith Sisters and Victoria Earle Matthews’ significant influence in the movement for voting equality. They touch on suffragette figures from Maria Coles Perkins to Lucy Burns.
Jeff welcomes his second guest Michelle Young to further delve into Brooklyn. Michelle tells her story of how she settled in Brooklyn. Jeff and Michelle talk Secret Brooklyn, Michelle’s new book, and some of her favorite spots throughout Brooklyn. Michelle mentions her experience with the Park Slope Plane Crash site. They briefly get into The Lot House and Brooklyn’s connection to the Underground Railroad.
Jeff and Michelle continue their conversation about Brooklyn’s secrets. Michelle and Jeff delve into Revolutionary War history in Brooklyn. They touch on notable places throughout Brooklyn from the Martyrs Monument in Brooklyn Navy Yard to the Transportation Museum to the Bensonhurst Statue Horse. Jeff and Michelle conclude with the history of the Ebbets Field flagpole.