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The Coney Island History Project and Urban Neighborhood Services are hosting a slideshow presentation by Charles Denson titled “The History of Coney Island’s West End and the Presence and Contributions of African Americans in Coney Island from the 1600s to the Present.”The slideshow will feature never-before-seen images from Charles Denson’s archive and photos that he took in the 1970s.

U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Coney Island’s first African American Congressman, will be a special guest.

“The West End of Coney Island is a vibrant and resilient community that’s survived many challenges over the last few decades,” said Coney Island History Project director Charles Denson. “I grew up there and documented the wave of urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s that transformed our community and changed the lives of its residents. This slide show will tell the story of the area going back to 1600s.”

I, for one, have always been kind of curious about the West End, which sticks out from the rest of Southern Brooklyn both figuratively and in terms of demographics and culture. It’ll be interesting to check this out.

Here’s one of Denson’s great photos from that era:

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  • bruce b

    Unfortunately, I can’t make this lecture, but I do proudly own Denson’s book “Coney Island Lost and Found”, which I consider a necessity of life in the neighborhood, especially if one is of a certain minimum age.

  • A CONCERNED WHITEY

    I ASK, “WHY THE NEED FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH”? WHY THE NEED TO HIGHLIGHT EVERY “FIRST BLACK” THIS AND “FIRST BLACK” THAT? IN MY OPINION, ALL THESE EFFORTS DO IS HEIGHTEN BLACKS’ ANGER AT HOW ROTTEN AMERICA WAS, AND SERVES TO JUSTIFY, IN THE MINDS OF MANY BLACKS, TO GET EVEN WITH AMERICA/WHITEY FOR THE INJUSTICES DONE TO THEIR ANCESTORS. WE HAVE HAD POSTERS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR DECADES NOW, HIGHLIGHTING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN AMERICA, AS OPPOSED TO THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ALL AMERICANS. HOW LONG IS THIS WASTED NONSENSE GOING TO GO ON? IT’S NOT ONLY WASTED, IT’S COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, IN MY OPINION, IN THAT IT ONLY SERVES TO FEED THE EMBERS OF HATE TOWARDS AMERICA/WHITEY FESTERING IN THE MINDS OF MANY BLACK YOUTH. DON’T BELIEVE ME? LOOK AT THE CRIME STATISTICS, BROKEN DOWN BY RACE. IF YOU’RE EVEN ALLOWED TO DO SO.