Exploring Black History Around Morris-Jumel Mansion
Led By Morris-Jumel Mansion
Located in Washington Heights on the border of Harlem, Morris-Jumel Mansion has witnessed much of New York City’s rich and diverse history. In this self-guided downloadable walking tour, discover how the Mansion and its neighborhood have been shaped by Black history, including the stories of the famous 555 Edgecombe Avenue and free woman Anne Northup, wife of 12 Years a Slave author Solomon Northup, who worked as a cook at the Mansion.
The self-guided walking tour will be hosted on Morris-Jumel Mansion's (MJM) website and available as a downloadable pdf and printed copies will be available for pick up at MJM. We are mindful of font size and map legibility and planning to test how the map appears on a desktop and phone. MJM is planning a route that is within a 10 block radius of the Mansion and that is estimated to be no longer than 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on the pace of walkers, with clearly denoted public transit stops at each location on the route. Most of the planned sites are accessible from the city sidewalk which have wheelchair accessibility/curb ramp cutaways or multiple ways of accessing the stop. Any site which is not easily accessible will be noted on the map.
South view of Roger Morris Park, Morris-Jumel Mansion, and 555 Edgecombe Street from the Roof of Roger Morris Apartments, ca. 1930s. Morris-Jumel Mansion Archives, Courtesy of the New York City Parks Department. Modification: photo cropped.