Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037
New York City is home to some of the world’s most amazing treasures and that is sometimes too easy to forget. We live in a city that people dream of coming to their whole lives. Sometimes, we don’t even know that we are walking past centuries of history and art. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of those places. In fact, so many of us probably walk by it all the time but have no idea what’s inside. Well, I’m gonna give you a sneak peek.
The Schomburg Center consists of 3 buildings which collectively contain millions of items and offer programs or services to people around the world. Arturo Alfonso Schomburg began the first installment of the center with his personal collection of over 5,000 books, 3,000 manuscripts, and 2,000 etchings from African cultures. The purpose of the center is to keep learning and enlightening people about African cultures and the African Diaspora. The center was placed in its location on 135th and Malcolm X in 1925 to meet the needs of a changing community. It’s significance quickly grew and has now become a recognized landmark.
The research center is one of the most well recognized in the world for research on Africa and the African diaspora. Therefore, people come from around the world to work and learn there. The residency program gives people working on long term research projects access to the libraries and the programs offered. In the American Negro Theatres and the Langston Hughes Auditorium are homes to concerts, lectures, performances, and more. The Schomburg Center is a wonderful space and doing really amazing work in the research and study of Black culture. It is worth a trip to see all the amazing art and literature held inside the building.
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