Whitney Independent Study Program

Site Activation: Green-Wood Cemetery

SAT, June 1, 2019
6:30–8:30 pm

Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn

The Green-Wood Cemetery is famous for its elaborate private burial lots and architecturally significant monuments. However, its lesser expensive public lots comprise about half of all burials at the cemetery.

As part of the exhibition Always, Already, Haunting, "disss-co", Haunt at The Kitchen, Green-Wood’s Manager of Preservation and Restoration, Neela Wickremesinghe, and Director of Programs and Special Projects, Harry Weil, lead a guided exploration of these sites. The tour will highlight the “Colored Lots," seven burial lots on the cemetery’s southern border, including one for The Colored Orphan Asylum. These burial lots were recently renamed the "Freedom Lots."  Over 1,300 are laid to rest here, making it one of the largest existing burial grounds for African Americans who lived in New York City in the last two centuries.

Tickets are required. To purchase tickets, visit the Green-Wood Cemetery website.

Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant. In order to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility aids on the trolley, arrangements must be made in advance. Please call (718) 210-3080, ext. 1. Please note that portions of the tour take place outside the trolley, however attendees may stay seated in the trolley if they wish. Please contact the Historic Fund for more information.

The Museum building is accessible and has elevator access to all floors. Service animals are welcome. Learn more about access services and amenities.