QC Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower / Click to Enlarge
Queens College
The City University of New York


In Honor of Black History Month

February 2005

QC Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower Plaque in Rosenthal Library / Click to Enlarge

History of Black History Month - and other resources

Dr. Carter G. Woodson is widely credited as the founder of Negro History Week in 1926.  Dr. Woodson, the son of former slaves, had already established in 1915 the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  Twenty six years after his death, Negro History Week became Black History Month in 1976.

Read more about Dr. Woodson at:

- Association for the Study of African American Life and History - http://www.asalh.com/woodson.htm
- The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia - http://www.virginia.edu/woodson/
- US  Department of State - reprint of an article from Ebony - http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis/woodson.htm

The Images Above

The above images are of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower (photo by S. Lefkoe), and of the
Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower dedication plaque (photo by J. Castellan).  The plaque is in the Rosenthal Library entry foyer, near the Books and Bytes Cafe. Click on each image for an enlargement.


QC  Events

Events in addition to February 2005 Black History Month events include:
QC Resources
CUNY Web Resources
Slavery in New York

Selected Previous Exhibits

Seneca Village existed from 1825 through 1857. It was located between 82nd and 89th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Today, this area is part of Central Park.

Seneca Village was Manhattan's first significant community of African American property owners.

New Museums and Exhibits, including some COMING SOON
...The Smithsonian Board of Regents, the Institution’s governing body, named the members of the founding Council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in December 2004...

...African American history is an integral part of American history and exhibitions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and other museums have reflected the contributions of African Americans to this country. The establishment of this new museum within the Smithsonian does not mean that other museums will discontinue their African American exhibits, collections or programs. This new museum, however, will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the "documentation of African American life, art, history and culture." It will include topics as varied as slavery, post-Civil War reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement...
Kingsland Homestead
The Bowne House
Friends Meeting House
Macedonia AME Church
More on their website at http://www.freedomcenter.org/ .

Local Resources

Library Resources
From the Schomburg Collection's website at http://www.nypl.org/press/schomburgbg.cfm :
The Schomburg Center's collections first won international acclaim in 1926 when the personal collection of the distinguished black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was added to the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints of the 135th Street Branch of The New York Public Library.

About a 1996 exhibition at the Schomburg Center "Arturo Alfonso Schomburg - The Man and His Times" - http://www.nypl.org/research/calendar/exhib/sch/schexhibdesc.cfm?id=228

About the collections - "The Schomburg Legacy" - http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/WEBEXHIB/legacy/introtxt.htm
Other Resources


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