Swing Low: A Memorial to Harriet Tubman
WHERE: West 122nd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
WHAT: An oversized full-figure portrait sculpture in bronze and granite commemorating the abolitionist and humanitarian, who as a freed slave, devoted her life to rescue others fighting for freedom.
Frederick Douglass Circle
WHERE: 110 Street and Eighth Avenue, northwest corner of Central Park
WHAT: A bronze, wrought iron monument with a water feature, honors the abolitionist, write, and teacher. The statue is inscribed with historical details and quotations from Douglass’ work and slaves’ passage to freedom.
African American Landmarks in Brooklyn
Sandy Ground Historical Museum
WHERE: 1538 Woodrow Road, Staten Island
WHAT: The Sandy Ground Historical Museum in the Rossville area of Staten Island is the oldest continually inhabited free black settlement in the U.S. Take in the African-American art and culture and learn about the history of freedom and the Civil War. Take a tour to see arts & crafts, films, lectures, and special children’s exhibits.
WANT TO GO? 718-317-5796. sandygroundmuseum.org.
Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Monument
WHERE: MCU Park, Surf Avenue between West 16th and 19th Streets, Coney Island
WHAT: This statue depicts these two famous baseball pioneers who fought for racial equality, sportsmanship, friendship, and conciliation. nycgovparks.org.
African American Landmarks in Queens
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St., Corona
Visit the house the jazz legend shared for 28 years with his wife Lucille from 1943 until his death. The uniquely decorated rooms are preserved as Lucille designed them, you can walk Louis’ study, his library, and listen to some of his music and recorded interviews.
WANT TO GO?
Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Tours on the hour, every hour until 4pm. $12 admission. louisarmstronghouse.org
Soul in Flight
WHERE: Arthur Ashe Stadium, 124-02 Roosevelt Ave. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
WHAT: See the breathtaking memorial to the late tennis player, Arthur Ashe, entitled “Soul in Flight.” Sculpted by Eric Fishl, the bronze and granite piece captures the essence of Ashe’s talent and strength both on the tennis court and through his human rights initiatives. The memorial was dedicated in 2000. See the vibrant stadium and pay respect to this hero with your children.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.
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African American Landmarks on Long Island
African American Museum of Nassau County
WHERE: 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead
WHAT: Visit the 6,000 square foot museum dedicated to the appreciation of African-American culture, art, and tradition. See collections, exhibitions, and special programs. Take a tour of the beautiful space with hands-on art projects for the kids and event areas for receptions. What a wonderful way to celebrate Black History Month on Long Island.
WANT TO GO? 516-572-0730. theaamuseum.org.
Southampton African American Museum
WHERE: 245 N. Sea Road, Southampton
WHAT: Take the family to learn about African-American culture at the very first African-American historic landmark in the Village of Southampton. See exhibitions, symbols of celebration, and cultural items. The museum’s mission is to encourage learning and enhance the lives of the people in their community.
WANT TO GO? 516-572-0730. southamptonafricanamericanmuseum.org.
Joseph Lloyd Manor
WHERE: Lloyde Lane and Lloyde Harbor Road, Lloyde Harbor
WHAT: This colonial building was built in 1766 and came under British occupation during the Revolutionary War, then to became the home of Jupiter Hammon, a slave and first published black poet.
WANT TO GO? Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, on Sundays from 1-5pm, or by appointment. $5; $3 children. 631-692-4664. preservationlongisland.org.
African American Landmarks in Westchester County
Estella Diggs Park
WHERE: East 167th Street and Fulton Avenue, Bronx
WHAT: Estella Diggs, born in 1916, was the first African-American woman to represent the Bronx in the New York State Assembly. The park was formerly named Rocks and Roots was renamed for the heroic leader in 2011 after a multi-million dollar renovation. Relax with the family and tour the winding paths and sit upon the lovely benches.
WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. nycgovparks.org.
Neuberger Museum of Art
WHERE: Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
WHAT: The Neuberger Museum of art is Westchester’s premier museum of African, modern, and contemporary art. There are 10 new exhibitions each year, so you can come back with the family regularly to see new exhibits. See the cultural significance of African art and learn all about it, since the museum is considered a teaching museum.
WANT TO GO? 914-251-6100. neuberger.org.
Mount Gulian Historical Site
WHERE: 145 Sterling St., Beacon
WHAT: James Brown escaped from slavery in Maryland, and made his way to New York via the Underground Railroad. His journals are some of the only written evidence of the daily life experiences of black people during that time in the North. He lived and worked at the estate through the Civil War years until his death in 1868.
WANT TO GO? Tours are available from May through October on Wednesday-Friday and Sundays, every hour on the hour from 1-5pm. $8; $6 seniors; $4 children. 845-831-8172. mountgulian.org.
African American Landmarks in Fairfield County, CT
Prudence Crandall Museum
WHERE: 1 S. Canterbury Road, Canterbury
WHAT: Visit this National Historic Landmark with your family, where Prudence Crandall opened a school for African Americans while she was an abolitionist and teacher. The school was open from 1832-34. Crandall was designated Connecticut's State Heroine for her courage to stand up for African-American women during turbulent times.
WANT TO GO? 860-546-7800. friendsofprudencecrandallmuseum.org.
Main image: Inside the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan.