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


Ralph Ellison’s Grave

Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, 770 Riverside Dr

Writer Ralph Waldo Ellison (1913–1994) rests in Trin- ity Church Cemetery. Ellison moved to Harlem as a young man, where he interacted with other political writers, including Richard Wright and Langston Hughes. He is best known for his 1952 novel Invisible Man. Ellison was buried here after passing away from cancer in 1994. Other notable burials include sing- er Estelle Bennett of The Ronettes and singer Cuba Gooding Jr. of The Main Ingredient. Enter the cemetery on 153rd Street between Broadway and Riverside and walk west to find Ellison’s grave. Please note at this entrance, visitors have to descend stairs for entry.