The Educating Harlem project seeks to recognize, document and share the history of education in Harlem. Our work grows in collaboration among students, scholars, community members and organizations, technologists, and archivists. 

In this under-development digital collection, we offer published and unpublished archival material and oral histories alongside interpretive exhibits. We also document our project's work. 

Our first group of digitized sources and exhibits emphasize the experiences and work of students in Harlem schools in the 1940s through the 1970s. Our first featured school is Harlem's Wadleigh

New Public Exhibit

Back to the Futures of Wadleigh Students

In this exhibit, you will have the opportunity to explore a period in the history of Wadleigh Junior High School, located on 114th Street in the city of New York. During the 1960s, Wadleigh was a co-educational junior high school, and most of the students at the school came from the neighborhood of Harlem. The exhibit explores past ideas about the future, as they appear in the school's yearbooks. Students imagined and tried to understand their world and their future, while adults thought about the future to shape their students' education - all in the context of Harlem and the US in the 1960s. 

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