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Black History Month

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This February, take some time to come out to Parks to learn about the trials and triumphs of the black experience in the United States.

Statue of Frederick Douglass

Black History in NYC Parks
Learn about parks, sculptures, and other green spaces in New York City that highlight and honor the black experience in the United States.

untitled by James Deliard

Poe Park Visitor Center Exhibition: Black History Month
Tuesdays - Saturdays through February 29, 2020
Four artists offer their interpretation of the black experience through their artistic work. (Image: Untitled by James Deliard)

kids play ping pong in Marcus Garvey Park as a crowd of other kids look on

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks
weekdays through February 27, 2020
This exhibition highlights a sampling of New York City parks and monuments that pay tribute to the contributions and lives of notable African Americans from the 18th century to the 21st century.

Black History Month Events

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Black History Month - Movies Under the Stars: Harriet

at Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:15 p.m.
This powerful biopic centers on Harriet Tubman as she conquers epilepsy, slavery, misogyny, and racism to liberate hundreds of enslaved people.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Black History Month - Movies Under the Stars: Black Panther

at St. John's Recreation Center (in St. John's Park)Brooklyn

3:30 p.m.5:45 p.m.
T'Challa returns home as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a new adversary, in a conflict with global consequences.

Thursday, February 27, 2020


'And Still We Rise' A Black History Month Art Excursion

at Hansborough Recreation CenterManhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a painting celebration of Black History Month by honoring African American artists who showcased social and political courage from the Early Republic to the Civil War.


Black History Month Lecture - Harlem Architecture: Colonial & Modernism with John Reddick

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
In this engaging lecture architect and historian, John Reddick will explore the colonial aesthetic in Harlem's early "modern" architecture, considering how it served as a backdrop to the jazz age.

Saturday, February 29, 2020


Black History Month Exhibition Closing Reception

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Four featured artists, Kristen Cherry, James Deliard, Thomas Green, and Dolo, offer their interpretation of the black experience through their artistic work.

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