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


The Washington Heights Library

1000 St. Nicholas Avenue

Regina M. Andrews (1901–1993) served as Supervising Librarian at the Washington Heights branch of the New York Public Library from 1949 until her retirement in 1967. In 1938, Andrews broke the color barrier when she became the first African-American to head an NYPL branch. Andrews was also a writer and engaged in the arts during the Harlem Renaissance. During the 1920s, she and W. E. B. Du Bois founded the Krigwa Players, a Black theatre group which performed in the basement of the library.