Johnson, James Weldon. Black Manhattan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930.
Black Manhattan was written by James Weldon Johnson and was published by Aldred A. Knopf in 1930. It is a sociological study that illustrates the New York experience for African Americans from the pre-revolutionary years to the 1920s.
James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson was born on June 17th, 1871 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was an author, songwriter, civil rights activist, and lawyer. He was a leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and he was known for his poems and novels. Johnson was the first African American professor to be hired at New York University and later became a professor at Fist University. He married civil rights activist Grace Nail in 1910. Some of his most notable works are The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. Johnson passed away in 1938.
Ruth Herrick Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.