Article-a-Day #86: New York Almanac-Real Estate, Philip Payton And The Rise of Black Harlem

Payton came to New York City in 1899 in his early 20s from Westfield, Massachusetts. To his parents chagrin he dropped out of college and began work as a real estate agent in a company dealing with black tenants, mostly in Hell’s Kitchen. After taking a course in 1902 sponsored by an affiliate of Booker T. Washington’s National Negro Business League he quit his job with the real estate company to strike out on his own as a realtor for African Americans.