NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was a Puerto Rican author, bibliophile and curator of an extensive collection of Black literature, art, and writing. He immigrated to Harlem in 1891 and became part of the Harlem Renaissance movement. In 1926, the 135th Street branch of the NYPL purchased his collection and appointed him curator. As Shoemaker of Harlem Heritage Tours states, “the Schomburg Center is the most thorough and highly esteemed resource of information and memorabilia pertaining to people of Black and Latino descent.” In keeping with this honor, Langston Hughes’ ashes rest beneath the floor of the Schomburg Center.