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Exhibit Opening: Adama Delphine Fawundu, Ancestral Whispers

Published: May 29, 2024; Author: Julia Sonrisa

 June 9, 2024    02:00 PM-05:00 PM EDT

Lefferts Historic House

Address: 452 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225, United States

Phone: +1 718-789-2822


Exhibit Opening: Adama Delphine Fawundu, Ancestral Whispers

Welcome to the official launch of the first-ever ReImagine Lefferts Artist in Residence by Prospect Park Alliance, Adama Delphine Fawundu. Fawundu’s installation and exhibit, titled “Ancestral Whispers,” will be on display at Lefferts Historic House until December 1, 2024.

Fawundu has created a work that is specific to a particular location. It is based on the research conducted by the Alliance. The Alliance delves into the lives of African people enslaved by the Lefferts family.

So far, the Alliance has identified 25 individuals who were enslaved at the Lefferts family’s house between the construction of the house in 1783 and the abolition of slavery in New York in 1827.

Fawundu has designed 25 fabric banners that will adorn the Flatbush Avenue facade of the house. These banners pay tribute to the 25 Africans who were enslaved by the Lefferts family here.

The opening event will begin with a spiritually rich musical performance by Fawundu, accompanied by her son and musician Che Buford. Che’s work is about creating new stories and exploring the connection between memory and place.

The performance suggests that memory also resides in the wind. It invites us to collectively witness, imagine, and feel anew through some of the Indigenous and African ancestral stories that have contributed to the greatness of Brooklyn.

Inside the house, you will also find Fawundu’s 2020 piece “In the Face of History: Freedom Cape,” which was filmed in part in Prospect Park and Lefferts Historic House. Additionally, a selection of prints will be on display. DJ Spinna will also be performing as part of this opening celebration.

Additionally, there will be a table where attendees can create Adinkra symbols, a traditional West African writing system full of philosophical meaning. Also, there will be a table for playing Oware, the oldest game in the world. African people who were enslaved in New York brought these traditions with them.

Time: 2:00-5:00 pm EST



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