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We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration
The Newark Public Library Celebrates Black History with Programs and Exhibit
WHEN: February 4- April 9, 2016 WHERE: Newark Public Library - Main Library, 2nd Floor Gallery 5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ HOURS: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9AM-5:30PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9AM-8:30PM CLOSING RECEPTION: Tuesday, April 5, 6PM-8PM, Auditorium
The 2016 Black History Celebration exhibit, We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration, centers on the remarkable narratives of the Krueger‐Scott African‐American Oral History Collection. This collection, assembled in the late 1990s under the direction of Catherine J. Lenix‐Hooker, captured the stories of Newark’s African‐American citizens who migrated to the city between 1910‐1970.
The result is over 100 interviews with brave men and women who left the segregated, Jim Crow South to make better lives for themselves and their families. Ms. Lenix‐Hooker emphasizes the importance of these interviews as not only “eyewitnesses to the city in the 21st century,” but also as a “solid body of evidence” documenting “the major contributions African‐Americans have made to the city [in] over eight decades of Newark’s rich history.”