Marcus Garvey Park lies in Harlem west of Madison Avenue between East 120th and East 124th streets. At the heart of it lies Mount Morris, a chunk of rock after which the park was formerly named (seen rising on the left of the first photo). These courts, where nearby schools go for recess (do people still call it recess?) lie on the Madison Avenue side.
Marcus Garvey intended persons of African ancestry in the diaspora to “redeem” the nations of Africa and for the European colonial powers to leave the continent. His essential ideas about Africa were stated in an editorial in the Negro World entitled “African Fundamentalism”, where he wrote: “Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… to let us hold together under all climes and in every country…”
For Canadian readers, it is interesting to note that in Canada, Marcus Garvey Day is held annually on August 17 in Toronto, there is a Marcus Garvey Centre for Unity, in Edmonton, Alberta, and the Marcus Garvey Centre for Leadership and Education in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto.
The young man to the right of the second picture walked past us as we proceeded west along East 120th and warned us not to climb Morris Rock because drug addicts used it and the top was full of discarded needles. Good to know!
For those wondering why this is Harlem 2 – the first Harlem Post was about Harriet Tubman and was un-numbered.