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Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn
Sugar Hill was named in the 1920s for the sweet life enjoyed by those who lived here. Loosely bounded by West 145th and 155th Streets and by Edgecombe and Amsterdam Avenues, this hill boasts neighborly streets and an eclectic range of late 19th and early 20th century architectural styles, but is best known for the people who lived here. In the 1920s and ‘30s, an intellectual vanguard emerged within the African-American community, and its base was Harlem. Those who could afford it – singers and musicians, political activists, author and painters – made their homes in the Sugar Hill area, which was distinguished by the accomplishments, affluence and sophistication of its residents. The New Negro Movement of this time, later known as
Residents included political reformers W.E.B. DuBois, founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Walter White, secretary of the NAACP; and the Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Sr. Musicians and performers such as Paul Robeson, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn also lived here. The field of arts and letters was represented by Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Aaron Douglas, and William Stanley Braithwaite. Professionals included Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court justice. Between the wars, these and many other luminaries created a unique sense of community on Sugar Hill.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated several sections of Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill as historic districts between 2000 and 2002. In 2002, Sugar Hill in its entirety was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2009, NYC Parks named this park feature Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn in response to a request from a community group that was endorsed by Community Board 12 in Manhattan. City Of New York Parks & Recreation May 2009
Erected 2009 by City Of New York Parks & Recreation.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The John T. Brush Stairway (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Polo Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greg Marius Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holcombe Rucker Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Middle Redoubt of the American Army 1776 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morris-Jumel Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Morris-Jumel Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); The Main Line of Defences (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . . Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn in Highbridge Park. Official NYC Parks description of Highbridge Park (Submitted on June 14, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 14, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.