From Ethel Waters and Althea Gibson to Marcus Garvey and Langston Hughes, Harlem’s extraordinary historic legacy was vital to the intellectual, cultural and political advancements of African Americans and the United States.
Now, with funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, While We Are Still Here is planning to install twenty-five historic markers around the Harlem community, beginning in the summer of 2021, to celebrate historic places.
The list of locations for the markers are expected to be announced in the spring of 2021.
While We Are Still Here is a 501(c)(3) organization that includes long-term residents of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue — the average number of years of residence is thirty.
The group began in 2015, focused on 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue, but over time, its scope was broadened to include all of Harlem. The organization is a response to the threat that history would be lost and gone forever, partially due to the passing of time, and partially due to “gentrification,” which is rapidly altering the Harlem.
Funding was provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. More information about the Foundation can be found on their website.