In 1896, as the Harlem district was rapidly transforming from farmland and summer estates to one of rowhouses and stores, the development firm of Leith & Glenn planned six residences at 282 through 292 West 137th Street. Designed by the firm of Neville & Bagge, the four-story homes were clad in beige Roman brick above a stone ground base.
So have I faith in this Negro race. Not long removed from a wicked slavery, they still manifest a great deal of servility to their former masters. For this I pity them, but I have hope for them still. The time is coming when with self reliance and self determination, cultivation of race conscienceness, race pride and race cooperation they will outgrow the slavishness of centuries past and honor and follow their leaders.