Thursday, September 19, 2019

HARLEM IN HAVANA, SEX, SIN & SAWDUST - Watch for the forthcoming book!


A forthcoming book: by John Cunningham

HARLEM IN HAVANA, SEX, SIN & SAWDUST, a new forthcoming book by author and musician John Cunningham is a coming of age memoir about a black kid growing up in the shadow of the Royal American Shows, the world’s largest carnival midway during the 1940s, his last journey with them during the summer of 1958 and the secrets he’s had to live with until now. 

This project began in response to a question asked by one of his Grandchildren. Where are you from, they asked. In trying to answer the question he realized there was more to its answer than he was ready to reveal. 
Learn more.  


Sunday, September 1, 2019

View the Online Photography Gallery

The Harlem in Havana Project's Online Photography Gallery features nearly 50 never-before digitized images from Claxton's revue. All photos are copyright protected.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Pre-order or host a screening!

The film JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana is not yet available for home viewing. BUT, you can pre-order the DVD or via digital download to watch at home. Community and college screening kits are also available for 2020. Support the film. Learn more now.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Multimedia Magazine Collector's Edition

Get the Harlem in Havana Collector's Magazine in print or via IPad! This collector's edition features 28 never-before-digitized pages from the 1955, 1958 and 1959 show brochures.

This stunning collection features cast members and includes autographs from the entertainers themselves!  

Sunday, February 24, 2019


BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS is a black and white photographic collection of the Black and Cuban women who performed burlesque, exotic, rhumba, salsa, calypso, striptease and female impersonation on Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana Revue during its run on Royal American Shows from 1936 to 1967. This book is guaranteed to expand your knowledge of Black and Cuban performers that shaped American popular culture. Order your print copy for $25 on Amazon