Van Vechten, Carl. Nigger Heaven. Grosset & Dunlap, 1926.
Nigger Heaven was written by Carl Van Vechten and was published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1926. It takes place in Harlem during the 1920s and follows the life of an African American man with ambitions to become a writer. The novel sparked much controversy due to its title as well as the depiction of African American life written by a white man.
The title of this book was a term used in reference to church balconies where African Americans had to sit in the balconies while white members of the congregation sat below.
Carl Van Vechten Carl Van Vechten, born 1880, was an American author and photographer. He was involved in the Harlem Renaissance and gained popularity from his novel Nigger Heaven. He passed away in 1964.
Ruth Herrick Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.