Two words that come to mind when I think of the YMCA Anthony Bowen: Prestige and Promise.
YMCA Anthony Bowen rooftop terrace
At the beginning of the summer I enjoyed my first ever hard hat tour of the Anthony Bowen YMCA. Today, I got a sneak peak of the finished product with its inspirational design, rooftop terrace and so much more! It is an exciting time to be a part of something new and meaningful!
The building reflects the diversity and wide- ranging interests especially to the arts and writers of the immediate community. The unique design celebrates the legacy of YMCA Anthony Bowen as historically the first African American Y, founded in 1853, along with its ability to adapt and serve the community’s evolving needs. It also pays tribute to its famed visitors (such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Poet Langston Hughes and Dr. Charles Drew) and founder Anthony Bowen, a slave who purchased his freedom in 1830 and went on to become a prominent religious and community leader. Click here for a detailed history of this Y's service.