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


Paul Robeson Residence

555 Edgecombe Avenue

In honor of musician, actor, and activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976), this building was designated a National Historic Landmark and renamed the Paul Robeson Residence in 1976. A number of prominent Black artists and intellectuals resided at 555 Edgecombe, including anthropologist Eslanda Goode Robeson, boxing champion Joe Louis, psychologist Kenneth Clark, politician Bessie Buchan- nan, singer-dancer Lena Horne,
and a score of famous musicians, such as Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, and Johnny Hodges. Today, the musical tradition of the building, formerly known as the “Triple Nickle,” is kept alive by Marjorie Eliot, a resident who has opened her doors for free jazz concerts in her living room every Sunday since 1995.