The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association Celebrate The Co-Naming Of East 129th Street As Ann Petry Place

August 6, 2022

Join The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association in celebrating the co-naming of East 129th Street (at 5th Avenue) in Harlem, NY.

The location will be known as Ann Petry Place on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:00 pm.

Ann Petry was a Harlem writer of novels, short stories, children’s books, and newspaper articles. 

Petry’s novel The Street was written at 2 East 129th Street (at 5th Avenue) in Harlem and was one of the first Black novels to address the experiences of Black women struggling to maintain their dignity and independence in mid-20th century Harlem.

Here is the corner where the naming is planned: 

Petry’s focus on the internal and external systemic oppression that Black women in Harlem faced was so evocative that The Street – published in 1946 – became a literary sensation and the first novel by a Black woman to sell over 1 million copies.

Please join us in celebrating this incredible author, activist, and thinker whose rich descriptions of Harlem in the 1940s still resonate today.

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Get more information at The Greater Harlem Coalition, and The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association #FairShare4Harlem

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