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Legacies of San Juan Hill: Exploring the Puerto Rican Experience in New York City (1920-1960)

Legacies of San Juan Hill: Exploring the Puerto Rican Experience in New York City (1920-1960)

Location: David Geffen Hall

Event Organizer: Lincoln Center

Event Website: RSVP Here


May 10 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm EDT

Part of Legacies of San Juan Hill, an ongoing project that aims to uplift the history, communities, and cultural legacy of the Manhattan neighborhoods that existed in and around the area where Lincoln Center was built.

Co-presented by the CENTRO and Lincoln Center 

Between the two World Wars, Puerto Ricans migrated to New York City in rapidly growing numbers, spurred by the U.S. citizenship status they received in 1917. They established a creative, working-class, politically active community whose artistry flourished amid its struggle for empowerment.

Much of this activity was centered in San Juan Hill where a sizeable Puerto Rican enclave anchored the neighborhood. Community activism among its residents grew in response to unemployment, housing practices, and displacement. Against this backdrop, an explosion of musical talent and innovation proliferated. Puerto Rican musicians, such as Rafael Hernández, Ram Ramirez, Pedro Flores, and Manuel Jimenez, performed in the many venues that were hallmarks of the neighborhood and broke new ground musically, influencing Latin and jazz music for generations to come.

Join us for a conversation on the Puerto Rican experience in San Juan Hill—a defining chapter in the history of Puerto Rican New York.

Enjoy live music and complimentary wine before and after the panel discussion.

Ed Morales (Author and Journalist)

Lorrin Thomas (Professor of History, Rutgers University)
Elena Martinez (Co-Artistic Director, Bronx Music Heritage Center)
Aurora Flores (Writer, Educator, and Producer)

10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY, 10023 United States
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