Sunday, May 21, 2006

Brooklyn's Endangered Underground Railroad

Six old houses on Duffield Street in Brooklyn are in danger of being demolished by the City of New York--despite the fact that their residents have compelling evidence that the buildings may once have been stops on the Underground Railroad.

Hidden in the basements of all six houses are mysterious rooms that might have concealed run-away slaves in the 19th century. Long-forgotten tunnels linking the buildings have also been discovered.

The New York Times has an article about the endangered houses--and a picture of an intriguing hole in Lewis Greenstein's basement.

This Brooklyn Papers article focuses on the unusual features of Joy Chatel's basement and includes a picture of the entrance to one of the hidden rooms.


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