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Founded in 1847 by New Englanders transplanted to Brooklyn Heights, The Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims has a rich and intriguing history, and was designated a national historic landmark in 1961. The first pastor, outspoken abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, was instrumental in forging ties with the Underground Railroad, and it is believed that Plymouth was a site of active participation, known as the “Grand Central Depot.” Many notable historical figures spoke there including: Mark Twain, Clara Barton, Charles Dickens and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave an early version of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at Plymouth.
This segment and more can be seen Monday – Friday at 12:30pm & 8:30pm on Brooklyn Independent Television’s Neighborhood Beat. Tune into Time Warner 56, Cablevision 69, RCN 84 and in all five boroughs on Verizon 44. You can also watch on demand at www.briconline.org/bit or download the podcast on iTunes, keywords: “Neighborhood Beat.”