Newark ’74: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riots – An Unexamined History

Newark ’74: Remembering the
Puerto Rican Riots – An Unexamined History

Curated by Yesenia López and Elizabeth Parker

On view September 18 – December 31, 2014

Photo courtesy of The Star–Ledger

Exhibition  |   Opening Reception  |   Exhibit Tours

Main Library
Fourth Floor Gallery
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102


The Newark Public Library is proud to present “Newark ’74: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riots – An Unexamined History,” an exhibit collecting materials that document the series of “Latino Riots” that occurred in New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. These “riots” are a mostly forgotten period of New Jersey state history.

The basis of the exhibit is “Newark ’74: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riot,” a travelling exhibit from Bloomfield College. In Spring 2014, Professor Michelle Chase and her class conducted research on the 1974 Puerto Rican Riots of Newark. Using materials found in both the Puerto Rican Community Archives (PRCA) and the New Jersey Information Center of The Newark Public Library, Professor’s Chase’s class mounted their exhibit, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Newark Puerto Rican Riot. The exhibit was on display at Bloomfield College from April through August, 2014 before travelling to the Newark Public Library.

Archivist Yesenia Lopez and associate archivist Elizabeth Parker have selected supplementary materials from the PRCA’s collections and added them to the exhibit in order to contextualize the Newark Riot. Far from being an isolated incident, the 1974 Puerto Rican Riot was one of many that occurred across the state of New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. Unlike the “race riots” that involved predominantly African–American communities, the “Latino riots” have faded into obscurity over the past 40 years. It is truly an unexamined history, and the materials on exhibit demonstrate that.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 1, 5:30pm
Main Library, Fourth Floor Auditorium

The NJHRIC at The Newark Public Library and the Friends of the HRIC are proud to present a panel discussion and reception for the exhibition, Newark ’74: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riots – an Unexamined History. Exhibit opens at 5:30pm and panel presentations and discussion begin at 6pm. Panelist and eyewitness, Sigfredo Carrion will present his recollections and involvement in the Newark ’74 riots. Prof. Aldo Lauria Santiago, will present his research on the “Latino riots.” Project Archivist, Yesenia López, will moderate a discussion following the presentations.

This exhibit and program is free and open to the general public.

Reservations are appreciated, but not required: (973)733–4791.

Exhibit Tours

For additional information or to schedule a guided tour of Newark ’74: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riots – An Unexamined History, please call the Puerto Rican Community Archive at (973)733–4791, or email