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Black History Month

Children participating in a race at a sports festival

This February, take some time to come out to Parks to learn about the trials and victories of black Americans. Visit our Black History in NYC Parks page to learn more about the black experience in New York City.

Jackie Robinson Park

African–American Namesake Parks
Just as there are many influential African–Americans who have shaped the landscape of our culture, there are many Parks properties that have been named for a fraction of these important Americans.

Soul in Flight

Parks Sculptures: Honoring the African–American Experience
Take a look at these permanent sculptures, located throughout the city, which represent African–American persons and themes.

Arsenal Gallery Exhibit: The Migration
Between 1940 and 1970, some 6 million African Americans fled racial segregation and discrimination in the antebellum South for northern and western U.S. cities. In this exhibit, 23 artists, reflect the history and lasting impact of the historic epoch, the Great Migration. This exhibition was curated by NYC Parks’ Ebony Society.

African-American Experience Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery: The African American Experience
This progression of images depicts various activities in the city�s parks from play to work.

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