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A scene from the American Negro Theatre's "On Strivers' Row" stage production.
A scene from the American Negro Theatre's "On Strivers' Row" stage production. Collection, Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center, NYPL

The 75th Anniversary of the American Negro Theatre

The Schomburg Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of our renowned American Negro Theatre (ANT). Known to the locals as “The Harlem Library Little Theatre,” the ANT was founded in 1940 as a community space for thespians to work in productions that illustrated the diversity of black life. This exhibition is taken entirely from the Schomburg Collections and highlights the ANT’s stage productions from 1940 through 1949 with photographs, posters, playbills, and news clippings. Images include scenes from successful plays such as Anna Lucasta, studio workshops, and radio broadcasts featuring prominent talent like Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and Lofton Mitchell, whose careers began at the ANT.

The exhibition galleries are open Monday - 10am-6pm; Tuesday - 10am-2pm; Wednesday - 10am-6pm; Thursday - 10am-2pm; Friday - 10am-6pm; and Saturday - 3:30-6pm.

 

 

January 12th, 2016 - June 4th, 2016 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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Featured Video

Remembering Our American Negro Theatre on Its 75th Anniversary

Harlem Cultural Archives, with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, presents this video in commemoration of our 75th Anniversary of the American Negro Theatre exhibition (on view now).

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