Harlem and the Great Migration

Harlem, New York

A Large neighborhood in the northern section of New York City Borough of Manhattan. Since the 1920s, Harlem has been known as a major African-American Residential, Cultural and business Center

The influx of African-Americans into Harlem began with The Great Migration When five million Southern Blacks moved north and west Between 1915 and 1960. 

The first large movement occurred during World I When 454,000 Black Southerners moved north to Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and New York.

During the 1920s 800,000 Blacks left the south and during the 1930s another 398,000 left. By the beginning of the World War II many had begun to move west.