Explore the birthplace of so much American culture
…on a scavenger hunt that reveals sites connected with the Harlem Renaissance. Teams will follow clues to explore historic sites between 135th Street and Striver’s Row (138th and 139th streets), between Lenox Avenue and Frederick Douglass Avenue—the very heart of historic Harlem. You’ll answer tricky, entertaining questions about places where African-American authors, artists, poets, playwrights, musicians, and athletes worked and played. Plus you’ll be challenged to take fun, creative team photos along the way. It’s an energetic, active way to learn a bit about African-American history and see an old neighborhood in a new light.
Walk in the footsteps of giants
Along the way, you’ll discover places where you once could have seen Ella Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, Tito Puente, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Eubie Blake, photographer James Van Der Zee, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Arturo Schomburg, and the Rennies, the first black professional basketball team.
Don’t worry if you don’t recognize all of those names! The hunt will tell you who they are and why they are fascinating. The game is not a test of knowledge, but instead a test of teamwork. All you need are sharp eyes and comfy shoes!
- The elegant houses along Striver’s Row
- The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
- Harlem’s own Walk of Fame
- The YMCA that was a gathering place for artists in the 1920s and ’30s
- The Abyssinian Baptist Church, the pulpit of Adam Clayton Powell Sr. and Jr.
- The colorful WPA murals of Harlem Hospital
- The site of the famous Savoy Ballroom
…and much more. The scavenger hunt is a great way to discover this historic neighborhood.
The hunt lasts 90 minutes and requires that each team has at least one person with a smartphone for the photo challenges. Click on the button below to see the hunt schedule and get in the game!