Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
1874 -1938
Historian and educator
Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Arturo Schomburg was among the first to acknowledge the importance of the African presence in the history of Puerto Rico and the Americas. A self-described “Afroborinquen” (black Puerto Rican), he set about documenting the history of Africans in the New World, refuting the prevalent idea of his time that there was no African history. His collection of slave narratives, rare books, art, and other artifacts form the cornerstone of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

Photo: Courtesy of Arthur A. Schomburg Photograph Collection, Photographs & Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library










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