Hotel Olga: Race Retreat Of The Harlem Renaissance

591In December 1920, Ed H. Wilson opened a small hotel expressly for Harlem’s African-American clientele.  In an era when Harlem’s now iconic Hotel Theresa still loomed as a citadel of racial exclusion, his now idle 3-story building at Lenox Avenue and 145th Street stood as a crucible of black tourism.  For a quarter century that spanned the storied Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression and WWII, Wilson’s swank haven for “the Race” offered travelers of color a key waypoint in America’s most renowned black community.

To register, please go to:Hotel Olga: Race Retreat Of The Harlem Renaissance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6PM

Eric K. Washington, Harlem Historian, Author of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem and Winner of the Municipal Art Society’s 2010 Masterworks Award.
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