The Arsenal, Third Floor Gallery
830 Fifth Avenue (in Central Park at 64th Street)
In December 1920, Ed H. Wilson opened a small hotel expressly for Harlem's African-American clientele. In an era when Harlem's now iconic Hotel Theresa still loomed as a citadel of racial exclusion, his now idle 3-story building at Lenox Avenue and 145th Street stood as a crucible of black tourism. For a quarter century that spanned the storied Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression and WWII, Wilson's swank haven for "the Race" offered travelers of color a key waypoint in America's most renowned black community.
This talk is part of the 2014 Lecture Series: REBUILDING THE SHADOW, sponsored by The Historic House Trust of New York City, LatimerNOW, & The New York Community Trust in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation