Black History in Greenwich Village: Session 3 – Civil Rights, Women’s Suffrage, and the Great Migration 1880 – 1960

Session 3 of Village Preservation’s new series, Black History in Greenwich Village, will focus on how the demographic changes of the Great Migration fueled Greenwich Village’s role as a hotbed for the Civil Rights movement in the early-to-mid 20th century. We’ll continue the discussion of how art and activism intertwined in our neighborhood, especially around Black Americans and civil rights. We’ll learn about the work of influential artists and authors who lived in Greenwich Village during the 20th Century. 

Questions will be considered such as: “Can you imagine a silent protest?” and  “Why do you think 6 million people choose to leave their homes, communities, neighborhoods and extended families in the South?” 

We’ll be challenged to remember who actually could vote in 1917. The program will take a look at important historic sites and events in our communities, such as the establishment of the headquarters of the NAACP at 70 Fifth Avenue.

Black History in Greenwich Village Series – Winter 2023

This four session series explores the history of the black presence in the Greenwich Village area of New York City from 1600-2020. Join Village Preservation as we outline the history of African presence in Lower Manhattan. 

The program begins with a conversation about the lives and experiences of people of African descent who were trafficked to New York City through the transatlantic slave trade from the 1620s to 1808. The series will discuss the children and descendants of the first Africans in America. These descendents owned property in Manhattan, built churches and schools, and created their own culture. Learn about Black Americans from our neighborhoods who fought in the Civil War, participated in the Underground Railroad, and were members of the abolitionist movement. 

As we move into the 19th century, we’ll share history, arts, culture, and activism of Black communities in New York City and Greenwich Village. Many critical threads of the movement for black civil rights in America over the last 175 years run through or have roots in Greenwich Village. This rich history and deep impact will be explored, and we’ll bring you through the 21st century. Discover the impact of Africans and Black Americans on the art, history, culture, and activism of Greenwich Village from 1600 to today. 

Each of these free sessions will be held via zoom and requires pre-registration. Check out the individual sessions for additional details about the content covered at each webinar. For this special series, we ask that registrants be present to participate. A recording of these sessions WILL NOT be shared with registrants nor the public after the session is held. 

Note: All Village Preservation programs are designed to explore preservation, history and culture in a safe and welcoming environment. We cultivate a community that celebrates diversity, includes all people, and respects the identities of all participants. We expect participants to be respectful and reflect these values in their participation. Anyone who threatens, intimidates, uses hateful language, or participates in harmful behavior may be asked to leave a program and/or not participate in future programming. 

Find additional details and register to for Sessions 1, 2, 4 visit these links:

Session 1

Session 2

Session 4

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
6:00 pm

Black History in Greenwich Village Series -Civil Rights, Women’s Suffrage, and the Great Migration 1880 – 1960

Session 3: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Please note the date change. Those registered for the original date will be automatically moved to April 26th and receive access to a recording for 1 week after the program.

6:00pm ET


Zoom Webinar

Pre-Registration Required