The Heart of Bassett Place: W. Gertrude Brown and the Wheatley House

1999 | Run Time: 46 minutes

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About the Film:

At the beginning of the 20th century, small community centers known as “settlement houses” were found in urban areas all across America. Social workers and volunteers moved into blighted neighborhoods to “Americanize” the flood of new immigrants. The Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House was called “the greatest settlement house in the U.S. for Negroes” and its first Director, W. Gertrude Brown, touched the lives of multiple generations of African-Americans. Many Black leaders called the Wheatley House their second home, and the distinguished list of guests included Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson, and W.E.B. Dubois. Come join Ms Brown and the people of the Wheatley House as we take a step back into The Heart of Bassett Place.

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