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Van Cortlandt Juneteenth

Pond named in remembrance of two enslaved Africans who worked on the land. Piero the miller, who milled the grain on this site, and his wife Hester.



Before it was a beloved Bronx hotspot, Van Cortlandt park was a plantation, a fact lost in recent decades. Like many places across New York, that part of its history has long been unknown and ignored. Today, the park is working on uncovering its sordid history and amplifying the voices of the Black Africans who lived and died on the land. Stephanie Ehrlich, executive director of the park, and Judith Insell, executive director of Bronx Arts Ensemble discuss their upcoming Juneteenth event, and the impact black culture has had on the arts. 


Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

Bronx Arts Ensemble