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10 fascinating vintage photos of black life in New York

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Today marks the official start of Black History Month, and New York has plenty of events and activities to commemorate it over the next few weeks. One source that always provides an interesting peek into the city's history is the New York Public Library's Digital Collection, and the database contains some intriguing shots of black life in New York City through the years. See a sample of them below.

1. Children playing

2. Policemen in 1929

3. A "Back to Africa" announcement in Harlem

4. A Harlem doll factory

5. A meeting of the American Negro Labor Congress

6. Nurses marching in the Great Red Cross Parade down Fifth Avenue

7. The wreath presented in honor of Lieutenant Jimmy Europe

8. A Harlem street in 1935

9. The 369th Colored Infantry returning from France

10. A Harlem crowd cheering for returning WWI soldiers

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