Exploring Black History

in Sugar Hill and Around Morris-Jumel Mansion

As the oldest surviving house in Manhattan, Morris-Jumel Mansion has borne witness to much of New York City’s rich and diverse history. Situated on the border of Sugar Hill and Washington Heights, the museum and neighborhood has been shaped by Black history.

60–75 minutes
2.5 miles
Public Transportation

Tour Start—Nearest bus stops: M2, M3, M100 at W 166 St/St. Nicholas Ave; M5 at Broadway/W 167 St; M4 at Ft Washington Ave/W 165 St // Nearest train station: 1 A C at 168 St*
Tour End—Nearest bus stops: M2 at Edgecombe Ave/W 160 St; M3, M100, M101 at Amsterdam Ave/W 158 St // Nearest train station: C at 163 St
Note: The 168 St Station 1 and 155th Street C are not ADA-accessible


Audubon Ballroom

3940 Broadway

Built in 1912 as a theatre and ballroom, the Audubon Ballroom served as an entertainment center until the 1980s, featuring a diverse array of music and cultural events. In 1965, it became internationally known when Malcolm X, a former leader of the Nation of Islam, was assassinated inside during a speaking engagement. The building today is home to the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, which serves to inform the public about the work of Malcolm and his wife Betty.