Category: South Village

The Freedmen’s Bank in the South Village

On March 3, 1865, The Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was created by the United States Congress to aid freedmen in their transition from slavery to freedom. During the bank’s existence, 37 branches

Historic Court Decision Had Roots in Village House

The historic 2017 federal court decision that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people are protected from employment discrimination under the civil rights act has deep roots in a house in the South Village at 186 Spring Street — a hotbed of

King’s Assassination Began Fifteen Year Quest for a National Holiday

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Witnesses point towards the fleeing gunman moments after King was shot. This ended the life of one

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! Every year on March 14th is the celebration of the mathematical constant Pi (π) as the month/day (3/14) matches the first three significant digits of π (3.14).  A traditional way to celebrate Pi Day is to indulge

Black History Month in the Village: African-American & LGBT Historic Sites

February is Black History Month.  We here at GVSHP are celebrating it by highlighting different sites of significance to the African-American community within our neighborhoods.  We’re focusing on sites found on our new Civil Rights & Social Justice Map, discussing their

Gloria McDarrah — Oral History, and Last Chance to Purchase an Iconic Piece of History

Three year ago today, GVSHP conducted an oral history with Gloria McDarrah, a Village resident for over 60 years and a longtime member of GVSHP.  She worked in publishing, education, and for a while in the 1990’s, at the Landmarks

Black History Month in the Village: Black Churches No Longer Standing

February is Black History Month.  We here at GVSHP are celebrating it by highlighting different sites and locations of significance to African-American history in the Village.  A great source for this is our recently-released Civil Rights & Social Justice Map.  

Black History Month in the Village: The South Village and Little Africa

February is Black History Month.  We here at GVSHP want to celebrate it by highlighting different sites of significance to the African-American community within our neighborhoods.  Over the course of the next month we will be discussing some of these areas

Business of the Month Year In Review

By now the challenges facing small independent local shops are well known.  The good news is there are some solutions.  GVSHP has gone to the New York City Council in support of some of them.  What can you do every day in

LGBT History: Not Just West Village Bars

Here at GVSHP we are excited about our recently launched Village Civil Rights & Social Justice Map.  With our upcoming LGBT history bar crawl at the end of the month (you can sign up for the program here), we thought

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