This colorful accessory, by Harlem-based interior designer Sheila Bridges, is a reverent tribute to the residents of Seneca Village. Featuring imagery of various artifacts —maps, a comb, the bowl of a pipe, a broken teapot, and a copper spoon (all in the collections of the NYC Archaeological Repository and The New York Public Library) are "fractured things," as described by Bridges, "that belonged to people who once thrived."
It's likewise printed with photographs of Albro Lyons, Sr. and Mary Joseph Lyons, respected Seneca Village property owners, educators, and abolitionists whose lives were upended by their community's tragic destruction. This double ambrotype portrait from 1860 personifies the humanity that once abounded in this place.
Produced in cooperation with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, NYC Archaeological Repository: The Nan A. Rothschild Research Center.
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