Schools in 1920s Harlem

By 1930, there were more than 24,000 school-age black children in Harlem (1). Five public elementary served the black community in the 1920s, with two new junior high schools built in the 1920s, PS 139 (boys), which opened in 1924, and PS 136 (girls), which opened in 1925. The one secondary school located in black Harlem… Continue reading Schools in 1920s Harlem


“Harlem in Black and White” in the Journal of Urban History

Our article "Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Urban History.  It should appear at the end of 2012.  The abstract reads: In the 1920s, as Harlem emerged as the largest black city in the world, a significant white presence remained… Continue reading “Harlem in Black and White” in the Journal of Urban History

Catholics in 1920s Harlem

Catholic churches were spread throughout Harlem, reflecting an organization that assigned each parish a particular part of the neighborhood. Unlike other religious denominations, the Catholic Church did not leave Harlem as blacks occupied the neighborhood. Catholic parishes retained white members into the 1930s, and even as blacks slowly came to dominate congregations, white clergy still… Continue reading Catholics in 1920s Harlem

Fuller Long: A teenager’s life in Harlem

Fuller Long* was a seventeen-year-old African American boy placed on probation in 1928, after having been convicted of having sexual intercourse with his underage girlfriend.  The map shows his life in Harlem. (* This name is a pseudonym, used at the request of the Municipal Archives) Together with his parents and two sisters, Long migrated… Continue reading Fuller Long: A teenager’s life in Harlem