In the Face of What We Remember:

Moving against time and gentrification, the residents of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue share the extraordinary history of two Harlem dwellings that were, perhaps, the epicenter of the intellectual, political, and artistic African American world in the early to mid twentieth century.


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2020 Events (with more to come)

2020

Harlem History Online and Interactive

2020

Harlem History Online and Interactive

Within the next few days, While We Are Still Here will post a few online, interactive programs that are currently under development. Please ...

Sunday March 29, 2020

Madame Stephanie St. Clair Rediscovered? A FACEBOOK Live Interview with LaShawn Harris and Joy James

7:00pm

FACEBOOK LIVE @edgecombeavenue

Sunday March 29, 2020

Madame Stephanie St. Clair Rediscovered? A FACEBOOK Live Interview with LaShawn Harris and Joy James

Despite her burgeoning popularity as a historic figure, there is still relatively little that we know about Madame Stephanie St. Clair, Harl...

7:00pm

FACEBOOK LIVE @edgecombeavenue

Saturday February 29, 2020

Community Forum: Historic Markers Campaign for Harlem

12:30pm - 4:30pm

George Bruce Library, 518 West 125th Street, Harlem, NY

Saturday February 29, 2020

Community Forum: Historic Markers Campaign for Harlem

Please come prepared to discuss and agree upon who, what, where should be honored in the first stage of this important campaign.  LIGHT REFR...

12:30pm - 4:30pm

George Bruce Library, 518 West 125th Street, Harlem, NY

2019 FALL EVENTS

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019

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In the Face of What We Remember: 

Oral Histories of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue

The definitive narrative of two of Harlem’s most noted addresses

Aaron Davis Hall, Theatre B, Convent Avenue and 135th Street, Harlem, NY

SUNDAY OCTOBER 13, 2019

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019

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Dessert with Donald Bogle Interview 

with Craigh Barboza and Book Signing

Grinnell Community Room 

800 Riverside Drive New York, NY

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

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An Interview and Book Signing with

Author Lashawn Harris | Novella Ford

Edgecombe Avenue and 155th St.  Harlem, NY

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

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4th Annual Sugar Hill Music Festival

Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn

Edgecombe Avenue and 155th St.  Harlem, NY

About Us

Preserving the Past

While We Are Still Here is a 501(c)(3) organization that includes long-term residents of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue—the average number of years of residence is thirty. Non-resident members are interested in helping to preserve the grand history of these important sites.
 

WWSH was formed as a response to the threat that each building’s history would be lost and gone forever, partially due to the passing of time, and partially due to  “gentrification,” which is rapidly altering the environment. 


When we began, in 2015, our work was, chiefly, focused on 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue, but, over time, due to the input of our neighbors, we broadened the scope to include Harlem, in general. And in including more of Harlem, we seek to expand the panorama of its historical narrative, because the lens continues to be tightly focused on the Renaissance of the 1920s; the ravages of 1960s/70s-era drug addiction and dealing (and later, the crack epidemic); the crime and poverty; and now gentrification—but Harlem, in reality, is so much more than all of these things. We are not attempting to downplay or negate the realities of the preceding, but we are attempting to broaden the scope to include a perspective that reflects a resilient community of people, who lived, worked, thrived, and engaged in activities such as coaching little league teams, seeing to it that their children were educated, and who curated art shows in church basements and storefronts or on the sidewalk.

MISSION/VISION

Mission

While We Are Still Here (WWSH) will educate, enshrine and preserve the extraordinary legacy of Harlem as an influential incubator that was vital to the intellectual, cultural, social, and political advancements of the Harlem community as well as the African Diaspora.  


Vision
While We Are Still Here ensures that the “post-gentrification” community of Harlem and beyond will honor and find a meaningful connection to the legacy of African American achievement, and its paramount importance to world culture.


While We Are Still Here is proud to be a community partner with the Apollo Theatre, Barnard College, the Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture, and Teachers College


We are a member of the Association of African American Museums www.blackmuseums.org

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

555 Edgecombe Avenue 8B New York, NY 10032 us

(929) 266-3952