Activists have been fighting to save the house located at 227 Abolitionist Place (formerly known as Duffield Street) from demolition for more than a decade now, and on Tuesday, June 30, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commissioners voted unanimously to “calendar” the house, which means that it cannot be legally demolished while the commissioners are deciding if the house should finally be designated a historic landmark.

If the LPC votes to preserve the house when they meet in July, the social significance of 227 Abolitionist Place as a stop on the Underground Railroad will be preserved, maintaining what the LPC termed “Brooklyn’s significant abolitionist history.” The work of activists from Circle for Justice Innovations (CJI), FUREE, Equality for Flatbush and more than 12,432 Change.org petition signers has helped preserve the building. The petition remains open on Change.org for more signers.