Black Folk 1939 in Harlem 76 Years After Slavery

Black Folk 1939 in Harlem 76 Years After Slavery Ended Post Antebellum

American Africans in 1939 Harlem River Houses. 76 Years After Slavery Ended

Metropolis 1939. Harlem River Houses 76 Years Post Antebellum.

Public Domain: From National Archives YouTube Channel. Restored outtakes from “METROPOLIS 1939 (New York City: Ethnic neighborhoods, Harlem, Garment District).”

This rare footage shows Harlem street scenes, residents of the Harlem River Houses, and construction of the Queensbridge Houses, circa 1939.

Creator(s): Time, Inc.
From: Collection: “March of Time” Collection, 1934-1951
Series: Motion Picture Films of March of Time Outtake Footage, 1935-1951

Contact(s): NATIONAL ARCHIVES at College Park – Motion Pictures (RDSM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email:

National Archives Identifier: 97891
Local Identifier: MT-MTT-710 IIJJPP

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