On Wednesday, the National Park Service announced 24 new National Historic Landmarks, and among this list was the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

“The Schomburg Center’s being named a National Historic Landmark is a great honor that comes nearly 92 years to the day we opened as a collection to the public in 1925, and as we prepare to reopen our landmark building this spring,” said Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center. “We are delighted at this recognition of Arturo Schomburg’s vision to have the world of black culture, and black culture the world over, preserved and made accessible for study and thoughtful contemplation. This honor will ensure future generations’ awareness of and access to the Schomburg and its many treasures for centuries to come.”
“The Schomburg Center’s naming as a Historic Landmark underscores Arturo Schomburg’s commitment to preserving black history and advancing knowledge of black culture in America and worldwide,” said Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library. “It also reflects NYPL’s promise to provide free, public access to the stories and resources that capture the global perspective of our community, right here in New York City. This is a tremendous honor for NYPL and for our community. The Schomburg is a world-class institution, and is truly an example of what a 21st century research library can be.”