Last Friday, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo announced that the Crown Heights museum has been designated as a member of the city’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG). The membership means it will be a regular line item in the city’s budget, and will receive grants to meet basic operating needs.
The cultural institution is the first black CIG in Brooklyn, according to Cumbo.
“Weeksville is sacred African-American ground,” she said in a statement. “For generations, it served as a beacon of hope for those seeking refuge from the vestiges of slavery.
“Supporting Weeksville as a Cultural Institutions Group is a recognition of African-American longevity and a commitment from the city writ large,” Cumbo added.
In 2013, Weeksville attempted to join the CIG, but was denied. Other Brooklyn members of the group include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
In May, Weeksville’s leaders launched an online fundraising campaign, asking supporters to help keep the institution alive.
In one month, more than 4,100 people donated nearly $267,000, surpassing the organization’s goal of $200,000.
“Weeksville will continue to serve as a learning center for many years to come,” Cumbo said. “I am so proud that New York City has made this critical commitment.”