Harlem Stories: By By Wonderful Machine
Wednesday July 27th, 2011
Sean Gilligan lives in Harlem. One day, while walking along his street, he met an old neighbor named Peanut. Peanut began telling Sean about their block and the history held within. Sean learned how Peanut had once been a great dancer and about their neighbor Poncho, a legendary conga player who’d once played for Fidel Castro during his historic visit with Malcolm X. Enthralled by these stories, Sean soaked in as much in as he could. Then, last winter Peanut passed away, and Sean realized how many stories he’d taken with him. At that moment, Sean became committed to gathering and sharing the stories of his fellow Harlem residents.