27 Cooper Square Plaque Unveiled
(l. to r.) Accra Shepp, Bob Holman, GVSHP's Chelsea Dowell, and 27 Cooper Square resident Hettie Jones celebrate the plaque's unveiling.
GVSHP unveiled our tenth historic plaque on Tuesday at 27 Cooper Square along with our partners Two Boots, current and former residents of 27 Cooper Square Hettie Jones and Accra Shepp (son of saxophone great Archie Shepp, also a former 27 Cooper Square resident), and scores of friends. Thanks to all who joined us for the celebration! Watch the video here and see photos here.
The latest plaque unveiling was an opportunity to celebrate and permanently mark the history of this 1845 former rooming house which in the mid-1960s was nearly abandoned until a new generation of artists, musicians, and activists turned it into a hub of creative life in the East Village. 27 Cooper Square attracted jazz musicians, Beat poets, key figures in the Black Arts Movement like Leroi Jones, and more.
The plaque at 27 Cooper Square now makes the site's history visible for all to see.
You can see all of our plaques throughout the Village, East Village, and NoHo here.