"The Black Fives"

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Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Society
New York Renaissance ("Rens") basketball team, 1939
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New York Renaissance (aka "Harlem Rens") professional basketball player Charles "Tarzan" Cooper, circa 1939
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Dayton Rens
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The "New York Girls" basketball team of New York City, circa 1911, was the sister organization of the Alpha Physical Culture Club of Harlem
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The New York Renaissance (aka "Harlem Rens") basketball team, circa 1933
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Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Society
Basketball shoes
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John Isaacs of the New York Renaissance (1939) and Washington Bears (1943)
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Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn, 1909
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Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Society
Publicity photo, December 1943
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Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Society
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Learn about the African-American amateur- and pro-league basketball teams that played from the early 1900s until the late ’40s, when racial integration began. Long before New Yorkers were stuck cheering for the Knicks and Nets, hometown squads included the Smart Set Athletic Club, the Renaissance (or Rens for short) and the St. Christopher Club of Harlem.
Event phone: 212-873-3400
Event website: http://nyhistory.org
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