Floodplain Forest, Farmland, Public Park: The Human and Non-human Lives of Washington Square Park (webinar)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre public park in New York City but this is only one iteration of the life of this land. The park sits on unceded Lenape land. Ms. Silvera Seamans will begin her talk by presenting the Lenape interaction with this hardwood landscape which was watered by Minetta Brook. She will then discuss the transformation of the land into farm grants to African freedmen. This network of farms was taken away from the African community when New Amsterdam became New York in 1665. Under British rule, this land remained farmland. In 1797, the Common Council of New York purchased parcels east of the stream to create a burial ground. In 1826, the city purchased parcels west of the stream to complete the 9.75 acre “square” for a military parade ground. The parade ground was declared a public park in 1827. Ms. Silvera Seamans will conclude the lecture with her biodiversity monitoring projects in the park.