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Slave Theater's 'Caretaker' Arrested for Trespassing

Clarence Hardy believes he had a right to enter the Slave Theater after a vacate order was issued.

The man who believes he is the caretaker of on Fulton Avenue was arrested last weekend, because the heirs of the theater’s founder say he was illegally squatting at the space, according to the Daily News.

After a vacate order last month , Clarence Hardy cut the locks on the building and said he had permission from the Buildings Department to enter and to assess what needed to be fixed in order to open the theater again, says the article.

Rev. Samuel Boykin, the nephew of the Slave Theater’s founder, Brooklyn Civil Court Judge John Phillips, said that Hardy was trespassing and had been “fleecing the community,” according to the News, in soliciting donations.

According to the article, Boykin plans to sell the theater as early as next month, preferably to a community group or church, but will also consider private developers.

paula March 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I used to go there years ago in the late 80's and early 90's. I hope whoever purchases it maintains its cultural revelance.

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