Project: Advance work and research on book, tour and talk projects aiming to reclaim forgotten history and heritage from many of upper Manhattan’s languishing neighborhood sites.
Eric K. Washington is an independent historian and author, and the owner of Tagging-the-Past, which endeavors to reconnect forgotten history to present landscapes through articles, talks and tours. His book, "Manhattville: Old Heart of West Harlem," prompted a notable 2004 exhibition at The City College of New York. His research on Harlem, Trinity Church Cemetery and Upper Manhattan is reflected in numerous publications and presentations including the "New-York Journal of American History," the "Encyclopedia of New York State" and the Historic House Trust lecture series. Recently, Washington coordinated Harlem “Y” Talks, two pilot speaker programs in the Harlem YMCA Little Theatre. His honors include the Municipal Art Society’s 2010 MASterworks Award for his interpretive signage in West Harlem Piers Park, a Civic Engagement and Social Justice Faculty Mini-Grant from Eugene Lang College of the New School for Liberal Arts, and a Preservation League of New York Award. A licensed New York City tour guide, Washington is featured prominently in Phillip Lopate’s "Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan," and Jonathan R. Wynn’s "The Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York." He is also the regular host of the Harlem Chamber Players.
Columbia Community Scholars Lecture: Book Launch for Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal (November 19, 2019).