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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 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.

embroidery of The Reminders

Arsenal Gallery Exhibit: Identity
through February 23, 2018
Curated by Michelle Bishop of Harlem Needle Arts, Identity features pieces by nine artists who use elements of swag, spirituality, icons, music, and social justice to illustrate self-awareness, identify, motivation, and varying backgrounds and traditions of the African diaspora.

image of the artist and artwork

Poe Park Visitor Center Exhibit: A Celebration of the Blues
through February 24, 2018
Artist Ron Bucalo presents a collection of 25 black line illustrated portraits depicting great legends of the American blues.

Black History Month Events

Friday, February 1, 2019

Feb 1

Central Park Tour: Seneca Village

at 85th Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Seneca Village was an important community of predominantly African-American property owners, living in an area that now makes up part of Central Park.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Feb 3

Central Park Tour: Seneca Village

at 85th Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Seneca Village was an important community of predominantly African-American property owners, living in an area that now makes up part of Central Park.

Feb 3

Black History Month: Sandy Ground

at Lenevar Avenue and Ramona Avenue (in Bloomingdale Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn more about one of the oldest surviving communities in the United States that was founded by African Americans prior to the American Civil War.
Free!

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Feb 9

Con Ed Family Day: Black History Month

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Families will be working on special art activities and other fun projects!

Feb 9

The African American Contribution to Washington Heights

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
This lecture will focus on exceptional prominent African Americans who lived in and around Washington Heights and the neighborhood surrounding the Museum.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Feb10

Black History Month: The Flushing Freedom Mile

at Daniel Carter Beard MallQueens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Flushing was home to a famous African-American inventor, a passageway of the Underground Railroad, and has one of the city's few landmarked trees.
Free!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Feb14

Central Park Tour: Seneca Village

at 85th Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Seneca Village was an important community of predominantly African-American property owners, living in an area that now makes up part of Central Park.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Feb19

February Break Family Programs: George Washington Carver Workshop

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Use plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to take home.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Feb23

Black History Month: Seneca Village

at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn about the lives of Seneca Village's residents in the 1800s and the community's place in pre-Central Park.
Free!

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Feb24

Black History Month: The Birthplace of Hip Hop

at Cedar PlaygroundBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On August 11, 1973, hip hop was born in The Bronx. Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about the history of the popular music genre that began as an underground urban movement.
Free!

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Feb24

Central Park Tour: Seneca Village

at 85th Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Seneca Village was an important community of predominantly African-American property owners, living in an area that now makes up part of Central Park.

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