Save Our Brooklyn Abolitionist Home

227 Duffield Street (a.k.a. Abolitionist Place) was home of important Abolitionists. The family that owns it and has lived in it for decades wants to turn the building into a cultural space/museum for everyone. 

This is an effort to raise seed money to make this dream come true. 

About me: 

My name is Raul Rothblatt. You may know me as a dad, as a proud Brooklynite, as a composer/cellist/bassist, as a neighborhood activist, or some other way. But one fact is inescapable: I'm turning 50. And I'm using this opportunity to dedicate my next decade to one of my passions: Promoting Brooklyn's Abolitionist history. 

I am very close to the family that owns 227 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn. We want to turn this home into a musuem/cultural space for everyone who cares about the fight against slavery in this country. 

I can't do it alone. I'm turning to my neighbors, extended family and friends and friends I have yet to meet. I am asking for your help for seed money for our many needs. 

The home was owned by important but forgotten Abolitionists, Thomas and Harriet Truesdell. Now it is surrounded by 30+ story hotels- we are the last holdout of a time when Brooklynites fought against slavery, when New York City was the financial capital of the Southern slave economy. 

We need your help for everything from re-estabilishing our non-profit status to physically repairing the roof. 

The fight for liberty is not new. This is my part in the long arc of history. Please join our efforts to celebrate part this history.
  • Cameron Whetstone  
    • $20 
    • 11 mos
  • Annette Collins 
    • $20 
    • 11 mos
  • Linda Gnat-Mullin 
    • $60 
    • 22 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 23 mos
  • kathleen Hulser 
    • $25 
    • 52 mos
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Raul Rothblatt 
Brooklyn, NY
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