This Spring I spent many days among the Liberian immigrants who have settled in the Park Hill area of Staten Island. These photos document some of the life of the community: A visit from a Nobel Prize winner, a party at a community center, a backyard barbecue, a wedding and more.
Here, Jennifer Gray-Brumskine and other members of the LIberian traditional choir enterthe First Central Baptist Church on 117 Wright Street, Staten Island. A Town Hall meeting took place there in February, in celebration of Black History Month.
Will Pratt (center), a Sierra Leonean who lives in Park Hill, entertains Jonathan Kamara (in the background) and other Liberians living in the area at a barbecue on Targee Street. Taken April 15, 2012.
Boxes of plantain fufu sold in most African grocery shops around the area of Park Hill. Fufu is a staple food of West Africa, made by boiling a variety of vegetables like cassava or plantains, and often eaten with a soup.
A crowd of Liberians gathered at the Christ Assembly Lutheran Church on 27 Hudson Street on March 11, 2012. They were visited by 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and fellow Liberian, Leymah Gbowee. His topics were peace and reconciliation, at home and in the diaspora.
Liberian residents of Park Hill gathered at 141 Park Hill Avenue for the launch of the African Immigrants After School Program, on Feb. 4, 2012. The event was organized by "Beyond Sports Charities," in a partnership with the United States Sierra Leonean Association.