Black History Month
This collection features historic places associated with Black LGBT Americans in the five boroughs.
Sites include residences of notable figures in American history, important community and activist spaces, and bars and nightlife spots.
These stories also highlight people such as trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, civil rights attorney and author Pauli Murray, sculptor Richmond Barthé, lesbian feminist, writer, and activist Audre Lorde, and novelist and activist James Baldwin.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 48 )
Many New York City public schools are named in honor of prominent figures in American and world history. Alain L. Locke School of Arts and Engineering (Public School 185), in... Learn More
Edna Thomas, one of the earliest Black actors of the New York stage, came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance and was pivotal in the development of serious African American... Learn More
Ernestine Eckstein was an influential lesbian of color who was active in the LGBT rights movement in the pre-Stonewall years. While living in this tenement building, from 1964 until 1968,... Learn More
From 1976 until his death in 2018, Geoffrey Hendricks, a painter and early gay performance artist central to Fluxus, lived in this rowhouse with his two long-term partners, first with... Learn More
In 1874, the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), responsible for many notable reform accomplishments for imprisoned women, opened the Isaac T. Hopper Home in this rowhouse, which is considered the world’s... Learn More
Beginning in the 1920s, this Harlem rowhouse was home to a number of important Black social and political organizations. Most notably, it served as the National Headquarters for the March... Learn More
This building housed three subsequent Mafia-owned establishments from the 1960s to 1981, starting with the Pompier Restaurant. Tenth of Always operated on the raised ground floor here from around 1968... Learn More
Sculptor Richmond Barthé created this 8-foot by 80-foot frieze Exodus and Dance (completed in 1939) for the Harlem River Houses, which was later named Green Pastures: The Walls of Jericho and installed at the... Learn More
The congregation of this former church was led by the pioneering, openly gay Reverend Paul M. Abels from 1973 to 1984. The church and neighboring parish house also provided meeting... Learn More