A Guide to Malcolm X's Harlem Image via CUNY

3. Mosque No. 7

Address: 102 W. 116th St.
Status: Closed

Ironically replacing an area casino, the Mosque was reportedly "just a storefront" when Malcolm began preaching inside in 1954. His biographer Alex Haley said that at the time, said the Muslims in New York City couldn't have filled one bus. Of course, that all changed once Malcolm began giving sermons at the mosque, where he ministered until he split from the Nation of Islam in 1964.

One author said membership increased from from 500 to 25,000 between the early 1950s and early 1960s. Malcolm reportedly drew large crowds in front of the mosque, one of his favorite places to speak, according to A. Peter Bailey, the former associate with Malcolm's Pan-Africanist Organization of Afro American Unity.

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