experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world."
Schomburg Center Resources
the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture website
to explore their rich resources on
African–American history and black culture. You will also be able to view the digital collection or online
exhibitions by accessing
links on their site
You can also watch a video that features some of the items found in the library.
The Harlem Renaissance - Treasures of The New York Public
The Mosaic "Rivers"
Another interesting tidbit about the Schomburg Center is that the cremated remains of Langston
Hughes are interred under a tile mosaic inlaid on the floor of a large atrium area of the library.
The mosaic is titled "Rivers," and it is an interpretation of one of the poems we will read in this lesson,
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers." Here is an excerpt from the
about the mosaic:
"The design on the floor covering the cremated remains of Langston Hughes in the atrium of the
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is an African cosmogram titled
title is taken from the poem
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
by Hughes. Within the center of the
cosmogram and precisely above the ashes of Hughes are the words
My soul has grown deep like the
. Far beneath the African cosmogram coveringthe remains of Hughes is located the tributary of
the Harlem River."