New York City is an always changing landscape. Very few things remained as they were; like fallen snowflakes, they linger for awhile and in the warmth of the spring we cannot remember what they looked like or exactly where they had fallen. Like people, institutions die and fade away from our collective memories. Such a place was Harlem’s Colored Orphan Asylum situated at 143rd and Amsterdam Avenue from 1867 to 1907. A few blocks away, at 136th Street,was the Hebrew Orphan Asylum. The COA was founded in 1836 by three remarkable Quaker women: Anna Shotwell, Mary Murray and Hannah Shotwell Murray. Its first location was 6th Avenue and 12th Street but there is nothing there to tell you of its existence. A decade later it was situated at Fifth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets.