Historic Plaque Unveiling at 27 Cooper

June 20, 2017

Join us and GVSHP for our tenth historic plaque unveiling this Tuesday, June 20 at 6pm at 27 Cooper Square (just north of East 5th Street).

In the 1960s, this 1845 former rooming house became a laboratory for artistic, literary and political movements, including growing activism among African-American artists. Writers LeRoi and Hettie Jones, their Yugen magazine and Totem Press, musician Archie Shepp and painter Elizabeth Murray all had homes here. The vacant building was transformed into a vital hub of cultural life, attracting leading figures including those from the Beats and the world of jazz. It was also the childhood home of a second generation of East Village artists and thinkers. A short ceremony will precede the plaque’s unveiling; speakers include Hettie Jones, who still lives at 27 Cooper Square.

The event is free and open to all but please RSVP here.

Find out about all of GVSHP’s historic plaques here and explore them via our map here.