Historian Morgan Powell gives black history tour of the Bronx

By the Williamsbridge Reservoir is the Valentine Verion House, which was built in 1758. (2/27/14)

THE BRONX - Historian Morgan Powell gave News 12 The Bronx a tour of the borough for Black History Month, highlighting places significant to black history.

At P.S. 15 on Andrews Avenue in University Heights are gates that depict more than 35 influential figures in black history, including Harriet Tubman and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Along the Grand Concourse at Moshulu Parkway is a spot called "Negro Fort," where Powell says black people from Virginia manned the site during the American Revolution.

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By the Williamsbridge Reservoir is the Valentine Verion House, also dating back to the 18th century. Built in 1758, Powell says enslaved black people worked at the house doing farm tasks and working for a blacksmith. The house is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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