Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

Birth
San Juan, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Death 9 Jun 1938 (aged 64)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Memorial ID 6506561 · View Source
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Educator, Activist. He went to New York in April 1891and became involved in the revolutionary movements of the immigrant Cubans and Puerto Ricans living in that area. He developed a thirst for knowledge about people of African descent and began to write about African world history and the African-American intellectual community. He collected letters, manuscripts, prints, playbills, paintings and started a personal library which contained many rare and unusual items from all over the world. Schomburg's collection became the cornerstone of The New York Public Library's Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints. In 1926, his collection of 10,000 items was purchased by the Library with the assistance of the Carnegie Corporation. He became involved in the social and literary movement that was known as the "Harlem Renaissance" which spread to African-American communities throughout the country. His contributions were a influence and the primary motivations which helped combat racial prejudice in the early 20th century. Following dental surgery, Schomburg became ill and died in Madison Park Hospital, New York.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (24 Jan 1874–9 Jun 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6506561, citing Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .