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Preserving New York City’s Significant Places of Black History

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In commemoration of its 56th Anniversary, The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), in collaboration with The New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation 

cordially invites you to:

Preserving New York City’s Significant Places of Black History

For five decades the LPC has been recognizing, supporting, and celebrating places of African American cultural and historic significance through designation. Join us as LPC’s Director of Research, Kate Lemos McHale, discusses landmarks and historic districts that illustrate the experiences of African Americans throughout New York City history.

The African American experience has been central to New York City since its earliest colonial settlement, and the lives, history, and culture of its Black residents and leaders are recognized in landmarks and historic districts throughout the City. These include places designated in recognition of their associations with New York City’s Black history from before the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement, designated properties where more recent scholarship post-designation has revealed important connections, and historic districts located within historically African American neighborhoods.

While many landmark designations acknowledge the history of segregation and discrimination; they also reflect the achievements and resilience of people, groups, and organizations who faced serious challenges, created opportunities and made significant achievements in social, economic, political, and cultural arenas of New York City and American life.

For more information contact Arianna Cooper at aricooper@lpc.nyc.gov or Victoria Pennacchio at (646) 248-8760.


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