Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 3:36AM
Prospect Park Brooklyn (WABC) — As members of New York’s Caribbean community celebrated on Monday, Eyewitness News saw a new exhibit dedicated to Jouvert’s history.
J’ouvert is more than fancy outfits and dancing until the early hours of the morning.
In the spirit of telling their stories, there is now a J’ouvert gallery filled with exhibits and lessons
The newly restored LeVert’s home sits in Prospect Park along the parade route. In the 1680’s, the famous Dutch family was slaveholders in Brooklyn. Now, their home pays homage to the hands that were once enslaved.
J’ouvert literally means “dawn”.
Dylan Yeats of Reimagining Lefferts said: “As a historic home in Brooklyn’s backyard, in much-loved Prospect Park, we hope to welcome all Brooklynites to come and learn about our This very important tradition that the neighbors have.”
Kendell Julien selected all of the garments displayed in the exhibition.
“It’s a story, it’s an experience, it’s the result of a struggle,” he said.
As for all of Jouvert’s devil horns and dark imagery, museum curator Sandra Bell explained, it’s not Satanism. This is how celebrants picture their hosts right under their noses. Now is the time to celebrate their freedom.
The exhibit opens August 1 and will run through Halloween.
Free admission every weekend from noon to 5 pm
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