Monday, March 20, 2017

Residents who remained in Harlem as neighbourhood hit its 70s

It was a neighbourhood gripped by high crime and poverty, where abandoned tenements and garbage-strewn lots lined its city blocks. 

Once the epicenter of a thriving black American culture, by the late 1970s, Harlem had lost a third of its population as residents sought safer streets. 

Those that remained, prideful, and loyal to the community they called home - barbers, patricians, church-going ladies in ribboned hats and knitted shawls - were among those lensed by photographer Dawoud Bey.

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