Schomburg Center Reopens

A 1925 sign from the New York Public Library’s Negro division.
A 1925 sign from the New York Public Library’s Negro division.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The newly rennovated Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the New York Public Library, is having its grand opening this Sunday, May 12. The Schomburg Center has long been a key part of its Harlem neighborhood, which is curretly enjoying another renaissance of sorts. Included in its staggering collections:

“… [a] rare recording of a Marcus Garvey speech, documents signed by Toussaint L’Ouverture, a signed first edition of Phillis Wheatley’s poetry, daguerreotypes of African-Americans from the 1830s, Benjamin Banneker’s almanacs. Its exhibitions have tracked black migration and displayed the contents of Malcolm X’s pocket when he was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom.”

Felicia R. Lee. Harlem’s Cultural Anchor in a Sea of Ideas. New York Times. May 11, 2007.

To read the full review of the new Center and its current exhibitions go here.

Posted by: Ian M.

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