In December 1920, Ed H. Wilson opened a small hotel expressly for Harlem’s African-American clientele. In an era when Harlem’s now iconic Hotel Theresa still loomed as a citadel of racial exclusion, his now idle 3-story building at Lenox Avenue and 145th Street stood as a crucible of black tourism. For a quarter century that spanned the storied Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression and WWII, Wilson’s swank haven for “the Race” offered travelers of color a key waypoint in America’s most renowned black community.
To register, please go to:Hotel Olga: Race Retreat Of The Harlem Renaissance
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6PM