Lewis Latimer House and Its Historic Ride Through Flushing
Where: Queens Historical Society
Weeping Beech Park, 143-135 37th Avenue
718-939-0647 Price: General Admission $5; Students and Seniors $3
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Originally located on Holly Avenue, when threatened by demolition, the historic Lewis Latimer House was moved to its current home in Leavitt Field in 1988. It served as the home of the African-American inventor Lewis Howard Latimer from 1903 to 1928, and is now operated as a museum dedicated to the inventor’s work. In addition, this historic house museum also illuminates the life and achievements of other distinguished African-American scientists.
A group of citizens, led by Tom Lloyd and Rev. Mitchell with assistance from the Queens Historical Society quickly formed the Committee to Save the Latimer House and launched a major campaign in order to preserve the historic house from imminent destruction. Two prominent Preservation Committee members were also Latimer’s grandchildren: Gerald Latimer Norman and Winifred Latimer Norman.
Join Debbie Allen, the project manager in charge of the historic house move, as she recounts the incredible journey, thirty years ago, and the remarkable collaboration between a small group of devoted Flushing advocates, dozens of city agencies, and community members.Buy tickets/get more info now