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A Century of Pro-Level Basketball
Along the 135th Street Corridor

The Harlem Cultural Archives is proud to be a member of the team responsible for the renovation/repainting of Howard Bennett Park in Harlem in formal recognition of the 100th anniversary of the iconic New York Rens basketball team - one of only two teams to be inducted into the Springfield, MA Basketball Hall of Fame as a team. The newly refurbished basketball court located on Harlem's135th

St. corridor, one of the most significant in Harlem’s rich history, will join an elite group of past and present “fixtures” - 22 West, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem Hospital Center, Harlem YMCA, and where the first Black professional league game was played. 

West Harlem Oral History Project

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