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What is the arturo schomburg museum?
November 13, 2009 7:37PM
What is the Arturo Schomburg Museum?
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a black Puerto Rican, set himself to
accumulating materials about blacks in America, and his massive
collection -- one of the largest collections of African-American
materials in the world -- is housed and preserved at this research
branch of the New York Public Library. The Exhibition Hall, the
Latimer/Edison Gallery, and the Reading Room host changing exhibits
related to black culture, such as "Lest We Forget: The Triumph over
Slavery" and "Masterpieces of African Motherhood." A rich calendar
of talks and performing-arts events is also part of the program.
Make an appointment for a guided tour so you can see the 1930s
murals by Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas; it'll be worth
your while. Academics and others interested in a more complete look
at the center's holdings can preview what's available online. Call
to inquire about current exhibitions and information on tours and