It was one of those kinds of evenings that James Baldwin relished during his days living in Greenwich Village. A number of notables, friends and at least one relative gathered two weeks ago outside 81 Horatio Street where a plaque was placed in memory of the great writer. It was at this location that Baldwin wrote a good portion of “Another Country,” in which the Village is vividly depicted. The bronze plaque, about 14 x14 inches, was placed by Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation with generous support by the Two Boots Foundation.
Noted photographer and writer Fran Leibowitz and Trevor Baldwin, the writer’s nephew were among the speakers, along with Max Rudin, publisher of Library of America; Phil Hartman, owner of Two Boots; and Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation.
This is the third prominent plaque for Baldwin in New York City. One is in the hallway at Harlem Renaissance High School in Harlem, which at one time was P.S. 24, where Baldwin was an elementary grade student. The other is embedded in the Walk of Fame on 135th Street in Harlem.
(Photo by Herb Boyd)