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


409 Edgecombe

409 Edgecombe Ave

The landmarked 409 Edgecombe Avenue became a hub for Black culture during the middle of the 20th century. “409” was the residence of scholar
and activist W. E. B. Du Bois, writer and activist James Weldon Johnson (famous for penning the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”), Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, artist Aaron Douglas, playwright Shirley Graham, poet Safiya Henderson-Holmes, and professor and civil rights organizer Louise Thompson Patterson.