Eric K. Washington

I am a New York City-based independent historian and author. I am a Fellow in Columbia University's Community Scholars Program 2014-2017, a Biography Fellow of the CUNY Leon Levy Center for Biography 2015-2016, and a Fellow in Residence of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Brown Foundation's Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, 2017.
I was awarded the Municipal Art Society's 2010 MASterworks Award for my interpretive signage in West Harlem Piers Park, situated in the central locale of my first book, Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem. My current book project is Boss of the Grips, a biography of James H. Williams (1878-1948)—an influential Harlem Renaissance-era cultural hero who was the Chief “Red Cap” railroad porter at Grand Central Terminal—to be published by Liveright/W.W. Norton in Fall 2019.
I am the owner of Tagging-the-Past, which endeavors to reconnect forgotten history to present landscapes through articles, talks and tours. My research on Harlem & Manhattanville, Trinity Church Cemetery and Upper Manhattan is featured prominently in Phillip Lopate’s Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan, and in Jonathan R. Wynn’s The Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York. I am the recipient of Photographer's Forum Best of Photography Awards and iPhone Photography Award.


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