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Tree of Hope (site of)

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The Lafayette Theatre, where the nominator says the Tree of Hope was originally located, was also known as the "House Beautiful." According to the Harlem 1900-1940 exhibit produced by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the theater was located at 132nd St. and 7th Ave. "It was probably the first New York theater to desegregate and as early as 1912, African American theatergoers were allowed to sit in orchestra seats instead of only the balcony.