You may have heard that the American Museum of Natural History has reopened its minerals and gems hall to universal acclaim.
On a recent visit to The Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, the exhibits tell the fascinating story of how the vast diversity of mineral species arose on our planet, how scientists classify and study them, and how we use them for personal adornment, tools, and technology.
The galleries feature more than 5,000 specimens from 98 countries, and, of course, specimens from New York broken down by borough and location where found.
A number of the items on display are either from Harlem or were found at the edge of Harlem and speak to the fascinating geology beneath us all.
At this moment in time the Mt. Morris Park Historic District is facing a safety crisis!
Today, as we step outside our doors, walk down our streets or through our wonderful Marcus Garvey Park, we witness individuals in great distress, people who are unhoused, and others selling and using street drugs, and the overwhelming consequences of these collective crises. Under similar situations, MMPCIA was formed more than 40 years ago. So, again we take up the mantel to hold those accountable and bring back a sense of safety and well-being. With strong and active members, we will once again prevail.
Ways we are addressing this crisis include:
1. Working with local law enforcement, government agencies, elected officials and partnering with other local community-based organizations.
2. Updates to the community during our monthly meetings from relevant stakeholders and weekly updates on our new website (currently under construction).
3. Developing a robust social media campaign.
4. Gathering and sharing the personal stories of members of the community who are impacted by this crisis.