• Jumel Terrace Books

    Revolutionary & Colonial Washington Heights, Harlem, Africa, West Indies, Art, Myth, History & Literature: Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Theology, Military, Labor, Civil Rights, Negritude, Black Power.

"An Oasis for the Unrestrained Pursuit of Knowledge"
*************And a "Nugget" in the Rubbish*************

Uptown's only bookshop specializing in local history, African & American. The shop on 160th Street, open by appointment or serendipity, faces the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the headquarters of George Washington during 1776’s Battle of Harlem Heights, & our stock addresses its significance in 18th & 20th century Revolutionary American history.

As Sugar Hill, the neighborhood has retained its reputation as the intellectual & artistic home of Black America. Jumel Terrace Books follows in the tradition of bookstores serving the community since George Young’s Book Exchange opened in 1920. Before Black Studies entered college curriculums in 1968, shops like Lewis Micheaux’s House of Common Sense & Home of Proper Propaganda & Richard B Moore’s Frederick Douglass Book Center were important sources of education, aspiration & inspiration. As did our predecessors, we buy & sell very good books on our subjects.

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Black Friday at Jumel Terrace Books

Along with backing into some barrister bookcases we’d lent a friend long enough ago to have forgotten we own them, I inherited a library table this week.  With some fresh stock this was sufficient reason to freshen up for the holidays and reconfigure the bookshop, doing unto myself as I do unto others.  All the [...]

Vintage Black Fashion Show

In stock now at Jumel Terrace Books. (Correction: the music is not “I Say A Little Prayer for You” by Roland Kirk but “Uprising (Parts 1 & 2″ by Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, who first performed in St. Nick’s Pub, 1998.)