Family Programs

Living History Days at N-YHS
Living History: Founding Black Harlem
Saturday, January 19, Sunday, January 20, and Monday, January 21, 12 pm – 4 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

This weekend, visit early 20th-century Harlem and chat with its leading residents! In conjunction with Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, meet Living Historians portraying Madam C.J. Walker, the women she trained in her salon school, and other movers and shakers, like soldiers from the 369th Regiment, who came to be known as the Harlem Hellfighters in the First World War. Learn about Walker’s life as a successful businesswoman selling hair products and creating hair styles (she became a millionaire from it!) and explore the life of Vertner W. Tandy, who served with the Harlem Hellfighters and became New York’s first black registered architect!

Image: Madam C.J. Walker, Scurlock Studio, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History.



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