Hunterfly Road Houses, Weeksville, Brooklyn. Photo Credit: © Anonitect via Wikimedia Commons.

United States – Weeksville, Brooklyn

Weeksville is a historic neighborhood founded by free African Americans in what is now Brooklyn, New York, United States. Today, it is part of the present-day neighborhood of Crown Heights. Weeksville was named after James Weeks, an African American stevedore from Virginia. In 1838 (11 years after the final abolition of slavery in New York State). Weeks bought a plot of land from Henry C. Thompson, a free African American and land investor, in the Ninth Ward of central Brooklyn.