On Monday, September 19th began the launch day of our Newark: Revolution, Rebellion, and Renewal unit. We are discussing major events that has made Newark what it is today. Topics include early history of Newark, immigration patterns, Black Arts Movement, the U.S. in the 60’s, and a close look at the Newark Rebellion of 1967. Our students are understanding how change happens historically and currently in our city.
First on our journey through the history of Newark we hit the streets of Newark to discover the hidden treasured that the city has to offer. Some of our students took a walking tour of the Ironbound section of Newark and learned facts about the history and current day Ironbound illustrated with stops at eateries, parks, churches.
Others visited the national historic landmark, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart where Pope John Paul II celebrated evening prayer on his visit to the United States in 1995. Another stop included the Rutgers Institute of Jazz. For the past 50 years, the gallery has shared with a variety of audiences their collection of jazz records at Rutgers University. Our students were able listen to recordings, view archival documents, read books about jazz, and look for a piece of music to play.
Other stops included Military Park, NJIT, NJPAC, Prudential Center, Toni's Minis, RBH Group, Unionwear Factory, and the Newark Police horse stables. We also had a few guest speakers come into to talk to our students about their own experiences and the changes they've see in their city. As a result of their findings and visits, our students are now engaging in open dialogue and developing their own narratives about historical Newark.
If you would like to stop in and discuss your historical experience in the city of Newark, we would love to have you.