Summer Series
Harlem’s Hell Fighters: They Made Music, Art and War
Centennial Summer
Professor Jeffrey Sammons
Fri, August 4th, 2017 | 6:30 pm

Free Program

FEATURING

Speaker: Professor Jeffrey Sammons, New York University, author of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality with John H. Morrow Jr.

Book signing after the program
Jeffrey T. Sammons, co-author of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality, discusses the protracted struggle early in the 20th century of New York’s black citizens to force recognition from the state of New York for a black National Guard unit as well as the importance of military participation to the black freedom struggle and the fight for full citizenship.  

EVENT DETAILS

Through the stories of three of its most famous members, Sammons will reveal the impact the regiment had on music through the work of James Reese Europe, on art though the work of Horace Pippin, and heroism through the influence of Henry Johnson. The popularity of the Harlem Hellfighters was so great that in 1943 it was featured in the film Stormy Weather, clips of which will open the talk preceded by some James Reese Europe’s compositions.  Plus, see Horace Pippin’s iconic piece, The Barracks, on display in our exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches. 

LOCATION

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, 10024

TICKETS

Free as part of our Centennial Summer evenings. Reserve tickets by calling (212) 485-9268 or clicking "Reserve Now" above. Unclaimed tickets will be released ten minutes before the program begins.

 

Creative: Tronvig Group