BLACK HARLEM ONCE WAS NEWS
New York Times

New York Times article from 1923, from the Alexander Gumby scrapbooks, reporting the growth of the African American population in Harlem.

Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

In this 1923 article from the New York Times that was clipped by Alexander Gumby for his legendary scrapbooks on African American history, now held by Special Collections at the Columbia University Libraries, the influx of African Americans to Harlem is noted and described from the perspective of that period.

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