Help Preserve America’s Black History: The Most Endangered Historic Places List

ihxifxXSklrujwU-580x326-noPadThe National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®. Continue Reading →

Frank “The Harlem Coffee Cooler” Craig, 1868/70

frankc raigFrank “The Harlem Coffee Cooler” Craig was a boxer was born on April 1 1868; Columbus, Georgia (other sources report his birthday on April 1, 1870) Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

A Glance At The Pre-History Of Harlem To 1865

Muscoota indiansThere was a woodpecker at work on the big cherry-tree this morning. For an hour he hammered away, with an industry which ought to have brought him a good breakfast. Continue Reading →

When Harlem Was ‘New Lancaster’ And More, 1636 – 1843

New-York-City-NYC-1882-MT-MORRIS-PARK-TOWER-IN-HARLEM-Glass-Magic-Lantern-SlideFrom Early New York – Wrestling With Harlem

The lapse of time, I find, has wrought as great havoc with the patronymics of Hollanders as my boyish lips ever did with the names of Hebrew worthies and the rivers and hills of Palestine. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Lillyn Brown, “The World’s Youngest Interlocutor” 1885 – 1969

vaudville actress from harlem

The incredible Lillyn Brown (born Lillian Thomas, April 24, 1885 – June 8, 1969), sometimes credited as Lillyan Brown, was an American singer, vaudeville entertainer and teacher who claimed to be “the first professional vocalist to sing the blues in front of the public”. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Morris Harris Designer Of The Flag Of Israel

morris harris1Morris (Maishel Arriz in Hebrew) Harris was born in Svadish, Lithuania (then a part of Russia) in 1874. Svadish was one block long with very small one-story houses, except for the Harris house which had two stories.

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Residence Of Judge Ingraham, Harlem, NY, 1858

judges home in harlemResidence of Judge (Daniel Phoenix) Ingraham, he was third Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, was born in New York City, April  2, 1800.

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Harlem Cultural Festival ‘The Black Woodstock,’ Harlem, NY, 1969

1969 Harlem Cultural Festival CrowdThe Harlem Cultural Festival or as it is more commonly known Black Woodstock featured a number of concerts that were held on the hills of Mount Morris Park in Harlem. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Dispensary, Harlem, NY, 1870 (Drypoint Drawing)


The Harlem Dispensary, the drypoint drawing was done on 108 East 128th Street, in East Harlem, New York,1870. Continue Reading →