The congregation at the Old Bridge Street Church was know for their commitment to the anti slavery movement. The church itself was used as an underground railroad station.

 

Notable personalities such as Fredrick  Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. McKinney frequented the church.

 

On New Years Eve 1863, during a watch night service slaves and free blacks as well as  whites citizens of good will gathered, anticipating the the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln.  When the news that he had actually signed it was delivered, a three day celebration broke out, engulfing the entire area in the festivities of a new day dawning in America.

 

 

DBNA placed a plaque at the “Old Bridge Street  Church” which is now the Bunch Student Center of Poly Tech College, to commemorate it’s place in the history of Brooklyn’s role in the anti slavery movement.

 

 

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