Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


515 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, NY 10037
Harlem


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Puerto Rican-born black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg curated this important library—a national research center devoted to collecting and preserving documents that reflect the experiences of people of African descent throughout the world—until his death is 1938. The center’s collection first won acclaim in 1926, and since then, it has grown to more than 5 million items, including manuscripts, recorded sound, photographs and prints. It’s a truly unique New York institution.

Courtesy, New York Public Library
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About the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a Puerto Rico–born black scholar and activist for African-Americans and Latin Americans of African descent, moved to Harlem in 1891, where he would eventually become an instrumental voice of the Harlem Renaissance. While you're in the neighborhood: Located in central Harlem, the Schomburg Center is close to plenty of delicious dining options to round out your visit.


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