Brief History of Harlem: 1900-2012

TRAILBLAZING PEOPLE, LANDMARK PLACES AND SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

1900 -1939  (detail)

harlem is... MUSIC... THEATER... DANCE...

CELEBRATING THE LIVING HISTORY OF HARLEM

This multi-part series celebrates the legendary people, places and institutions that helped shape the cultural history of Harlem. Each exhibition illuminates an aspect of Harlem’s character and culture, weaving together research, interviews and creative writing by local students with archival and contemporary elements.  

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who’s keeping Black theater alive

Want to find the first Black Shakespearean actor in the United States?

Explores Harlem’s unrivaled musical traditions  as it traces this rich legacy

Photographic images, poetry, and prose, tell the story of  African American Dance in Harlem

This award-winning multi-part series of exhibitions celebrating Harlem’s music, theater, and dance has toured citywide to over 30 locations from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to Federal Hall National Memorial.

Harlem Hospital Mural Collection

RESPECTING THE PAST, EMBRACING THE FUTURE

Pursuit of Happiness (detail)

Vertos James 

oil on canvas, 1937 

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