The Public Theater stands in honor of the first inhabitants and our ancestors. We acknowledge the land on which The Public and its theaters stand - the original homeland of the Lenape people. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory. We recognize the sacrifice that these ancestors made. We honor the generations of stewards and we pay our respects to the many diverse indigenous peoples still connected to this land.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SENECA VILLAGE.
The Public Theater also honors and celebrates the people and legacy of Seneca Village, one of the earliest free Black communities in New York City, which was located in what is now Central Park from 1825–1857.