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Brownsville Heritage House

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Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott
Brownsville Heritage House
Brownsville Heritage House
African American cultural center
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The Brownsville Heritage House is a grassroots cultural center located in the historic Stone Avenue Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. The Heritage House was founded by Mother Rose Gaston, a Brownsville organizer and contemporary of Dr. Carter G. Woodson (historian and founder ASLAH/Black History Month). The Stone Avenue Library was the first in the country specifically for children. Mother Gaston lived to be 96 and while hospitalized in her last days, she was given the flyer announcing the first cultural program at the center she had dedicated her life to.