Check out this special two-part feature about our new tenement apartment tour, A Union of Hope: 1869, by WNYC and Gothamist!
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The Tenement Museum has an exhibit of a Black family for the first time
For 35 years, the Lower East Side’s Tenement Museum has hewn to a strict methodology for its historical exhibits: It recreates the lives and apartments of families who actually lived in its two tenement buildings at 97 and 103 Orchard St. Now, the museum will break from that tradition for the first time by featuring an apartment tour dedicated to a Black family who lived in a tenement across town.
“The story we found in doing research was so rich that it challenged that methodology, and made us go back to our mission, which is more important: to tell the variety of immigrant and migrant stories,” said museum president Annie Polland.
The new tour, titled “A Union of Hope: 1869,” centers on Joseph and Rachel Moore, a free Black family who lived in a tenement building at 17 Laurens St., or present-day West Broadway in SoHo…
Read the rest of the article on Gothamist and reserve tickets now for A Union of Hope: 1869 — launching December 26th!