Black Placemaking: Reinterpreting Lower East Side History


When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

Event Location: 103 Orchard Street

Cost: FREE

As part of our acclaimed Tenement Talk series, join us for a free panel discussion on the importance of preserving black histories at cultural institutions.

Newcomers to the Lower East Side have long left their landmarks on the neighborhood, contributing to its iconic legacy and rich cultural heritage. Yet the experiences of Black residents are often overshadowed in the neighborhood’s collective memory.

Join author Carla Peterson, historian Lauren O’Brien, and preservation leader Brent Leggs to discuss how preservation and interpretation can make Black histories more visible. Featuring highlights from four hundred years of Black presence and placemaking on the Lower East Side, this panel introduces the Museum’s forthcoming neighborhood walking tour of Black migrations in Lower Manhattan.

Lauren O’Brien—Lead Scholar for the Tenement Museum’s Black Migrations walking tour
Carla Peterson—author of Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in 19th Century New York City
Brent Leggs—Executive Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

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