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Visit Marcus Garvey Park and the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture; from its founding in 1925 during the Harlem Renaissance, the Center has amassed vast collections of over 10 million items. Established with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 95 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. Explore the Exhibits: “Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & Pilgrimage”; since the start of their experience in the Americas, Black people have been defined by travel, displacement, and resistance. “Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition”; this exhibition highlights several of the ways that abolitionists engaged with the arts to agitate for enslaved people’s liberty in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Get your first taste of soul food at Melba’s Restaurant this evening. Since Melba’s Restaurant opened its doors in 2005, it has become one of the premier destinations for comfort food in the NYC area. Melba Wilson founded the restaurant in the neighborhood that she was born and raised in. After dinner you may want to visit Minton’s Playhouse which touts itself as the place where bebop was born. Minton’s traces its roots back to 1938 and—with some interruptions—has served as a gathering place to enjoy music and drinks ever since. ALOFT HARLEM.
Visit the Studio Museum which is currently in the process of building its new 125th Street space (temporary digs on 127th Street are currently closed), which when complete, perhaps by late 2021, will serve to showcase works from the permanent collection, such as its James VanDerZee archive, alongside contemporary exhibits by artists of African descent. Visit the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with a timed entry reservation and bring your own headphones or buds for listening stations. Experience the Savory Collection of live radio broadcasts never heard since their initial airing featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Count Bassie and more plus the Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Collection which explores his place in the history of Harlem. After dinner on your own, attend a live show at either the Apollo Theater or Harlem Stage. ALOFT HARLEM.
This afternoon, follow the African American Freedom Trail in Lower Manhattan. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked their lives and properties to help people escape slavery. Points of interest include Ruggles’ Boarding House (an Underground Railroad Station), the Hudson River Pier where Frederick Washington Bailey now known as Frederick Douglass came ashore to escape slavery, Wall Street Slave Market, the former NACCP headquarters and more. Visit the African Burial Ground Memorial, a powerful tribute to the nation’s earliest known African and African American cemetery. This evening, enjoy dinner and a private jazz concert in a local brownstone. ALOFT HARLEM. (B,D)
Maximum group size: No restrictions, although we recommend a maximum of 30 travelers.
YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
- Accommodations as indicated or similar.
- American breakfast daily, as well as welcome and farewell dinners. All other meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Local guide on all tours.
- All tours and admission fees as indicated.
- All applicable hotel taxes.
- Complimentary luggage tags and water bottle.
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