Influential Black New Yorkers
This curated collection focuses on the former residences of influential “in the life” African-American writers, performers, and activists, most of whom were associated with Harlem, a neighborhood that has been home to a significant portion of the Black LGBT community since the 1920s.
These individuals spent all or part of their lives working during a racially segregated and homophobic era; through their writing, activism, and/or public speaking, they were actively involved in the civil rights and LGBT rights movements.
We are in the process of adding more sites related to African Americans and other communities of color (such as Latino and Asian American) and would like to hear from you if you have suggestions.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 11 )
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