Harlem’s Matthew Henson The First Man To Reach The Geographic North Pole 1929-1955

Matthew Alexander Henson, August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955, was an American explorer who accompanied Rear Admiral Robert Peary on seven voyages to the Arctic over a period of nearly 23 years. Continue Reading →

Dr. May Edward Chinn The First African-American Woman Physician

Dr. May Edward Chinn (April 15, 1896 – December 1, 1980) was an African-American woman physician. She was the first African-American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College and the first African-American woman to intern at Harlem Hospital. Continue Reading →

Blanche Dunn The Fabulous “It” Girl Of Harlem 1940 (Photography)

blanche-dunn-in-morningside-park-harlem2Blanche Dunn, lived the American dream, she was a glamorous Jamaican born actress, socialite, and Harlemite who traveled the world, here are a couple of photographs in Morningside Park by her friend Carl Van Vechten in Harlem, New York 1940. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Fabulous Nina Mae ‘The Black Garbo’ McKinney 1912 – 1967 (Video)

Nina Mae McKinney (6)Nina Mae McKinney, June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967, was an American actress who worked internationally during the 1930s and in the postwar period in theatre, film and television, after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Continue Reading →

Julius “Old Man River” Bledsoe Harlem NY 1920’s (video)

A critic from the New York Morning Telegraph described him as "a singer who can pick the heart right out of your body—if you don’t look out."Jules Bledsoe 1897–1943, was a baritone from Waco, Texas and one of the first African-American opera stars to perform in the United States who moved to Harlem in the 1920’s. Continue Reading →


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