Much like other predominantly Black neighborhoods and communities that have experienced the white flight paradigm, a forgotten village has erupted from the ashes and holds hidden truths many may not know. Seneca Village, a small community that lies within a 2.5-mile radius of what’s known as today’s Central Park, was once home to a group of free Black property owners that wanted to escape the binding reality of racism and discrimination they faced during the 18th century. Established in 1825, the formation of Seneca Village started with two wealthy white landowners that subdivided their land into 200 lots. From there, the history of Seneca village all lies within 32 years of untapped history.

And though the name Seneca Village is widely known, one might continue to ask about the people the community once inhabited, as well as why yet another Black utopia was erased from history. In honor of Black History Month and a community lost in time, here’s everything we know about the forgotten village.