Events , Programs , Tours

Exploring the Significance of the Happy Land Memorial – Sept. 9

September 9, 2023

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 The Happy Land Memorial is dedicated to the 87 men and women who lost their lives in the Happy Land Social Club Fire at 1959 Southern Boulevard, on March 25, 1990. It is the deadliest fire in New York City since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which coincidentally occurred on the same day in 1911. More than just a monument, it is a landmark that serves as the gateway to the largest Garifuna village in the world and evidence of a long history and lasting Garifuna presence in the South Bronx!

 This walking tour explores the historical and cultural significance of the West Farms neighborhood, particularly focusing on the Garifuna people and their unique history. Licensed tour guide José Francisco, and chair of Garifuna USA, will discuss the historical significance of the Happy Land Social Club Fire to both New York City and the Garifuna community. 

Participants will walk along the corridors of 174th Street, Boston Road, Southern Boulevard, and Crotona Parkway Malls,  important spaces where Garifunas have lived, worked, and socialized. Along the way, José Francisco will provide historical context, sharing stories and insights about the Garifuna community’s contributions and experiences in this neighborhood.

Friends of HDC / Seniors $15; General Admission $20 

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