Voices of Lefferts is a community history project that engages Flatbush-Prospect Lefferts Gardens residents in community dialogue, writing, publishing, and oral history.
Inspired by the Federal Writers’ Project, Voices of Lefferts provides a platform for residents to conduct oral histories, participate in free writing workshops, write their own stories, attend public readings and conversations about local history, culture, and common concerns, and publish their writing in Voices of Lefferts: The Flatbush-PLG Community Writing Journal.
With the support of two consecutive Humanities New York Action Grants (2017-2019), Voices of Lefferts took up residence at Grace Reformed Church in fall 2017 to offer free writing workshops, and partnered with Greenlight Bookstore for author readings and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Collection to archive the journal. In fall 2019, the project held its first oral history training workshop to give residents the tools to obtain local life histories.
The project is entirely community-based and run by volunteers. Our main goal is to engage community members in documenting and preserving our own history in a time of rapid change, development, and displacement. We aim to build skills together to preserve the past, articulate the present, and collectively imagine the future of our neighborhood.
Making History: A Community Writing Project Brings Together a Brooklyn Neighborhood
The Voices of Lefferts Community Writing Project was featured in the Winter 2021 issue of Brownstoner Magazine. Cate Corcoran writes:
Browsing Greenlight Bookstore on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens not far from Prospect Park, you may happen upon a remarkable journal of memoir, oral history and photography by and about locals and the neighborhood, “Voices of Lefferts.”
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