The Frogs Clubhouse: a small,stately memento of Harlem’s lustrous past

Gentleman’s clubs were no stranger to New York society of a century ago, but The Frogs in Harlem is largely unfamiliar to most of the city at large. Organized in 1908, The Frogs–whose name derived from the 5th-century BC Greek comedy by Aristophanes–comprised New York City’s African-American theater royalty whose original members included Bert Williams, George Walker, James Reese Europe, Alex Rogers, Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson, Jesse Shipp and Lester Walton.
This Article is written by Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill resident, Eric Washington for
Eric K. Washington is a winner of the Municipal Art Society’s 2010 MASterworks Award, and the author of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem, and the Trinity Church Cemetery iPhone history/travel app. His writing and photography appear in numerous print and online publications.

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