Mayor LaGuardia addresses disturbances in Harlem

New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1943 makes a dedication speech from a podium at the opening of the Fort Green Housing Development for war workers, Brooklyn.

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Mayor Fiorello La Guardia addresses the people of Harlem in the wake of an altercation between the police and a soldier. Speaking in the very early morning hours, he asks that the neighborhood's inhabitants go to their homes and go to bed in order to avoid further violence.

Max Yergin and Ferdinand Smith also speak, echoing La Guardia's request that the people of West Harlem get out of the streets and return home.

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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