Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to Reveal Renovated Spaces with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

OCTOBER 12, 2017 - The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will reveal its newly-renovated spaces during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, October 16 at 10 am. The nearly two-year, $22.3 million renovation project, led by architects Marble Fairbanks, includes updates to the Schomburg’s 112-year old Landmark Building, the Moving Image and Recorded Sound division and the Jean Hutson Blackwell Reading Room.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include remarks by New York Public Library President Tony Marx and Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young. Also expected to attend are State Assembly Member Inez Dickens, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, members of the Schomburg family, special guests, and other City and State leaders.

WHAT: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

WHEN: Monday, October 16 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WHERE: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd

New York, NY 10037

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The Schomburg Renovation is generously supported through capital funding by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYS Assembly Member Inez Dickens (former City Council Member), former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the New York State Education Department, the Ford Foundation, Citi and Carver Federal Savings Bank.

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About the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 90 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Educational and Cultural Programs at the Schomburg Center complement its research services and interpret its collections. Seminars, forums, workshops, staged readings, film screenings, performing arts programs, and special events are presented year-round. More information about Schomburg’s collections and programs can be found at

About the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at