Black Nuns

The West 124th Street home of The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, one of three orders of mostly black nuns in the country, still partly remains – despite partial demolition.

The Handmaids are now over 100 years old, and had occupied this partly demolished site since 1944 before selling it 5 years ago. The order of nuns dispersed to The Bronx, Staten Island and Yonkers.

Here is what the building looked like before demolition:

Harlem+ Brixton, Twinned

The 125th Street BID and the Brixton BID have TWINNED and are launching a local global marketing initiative that is designed to drive traffic to our neighborhoods and at the same time showcase the rich history, culture and contributions made by the two communities. 

This August, the 125th Street BID travels to Brixton with our partner organization Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association to explore common threads at the 



To learn more:

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