Weequahic Memoirs: Celebrating Newark’s Legendary Neighborhood

Curated by Linda Forgosh
July 8 – September 4, 2009

Main Library
Second Floor Gallery
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
Funding for this project comes from an Operating Support Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission. The exhibition is on loan from the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest.

A reflective look at a bygone era in Newark is the focus of Weequahic Memoirs: Celebrating Newark’s Legendary Neighborhood. Curated by Linda Forgosh, and organized by the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, Weequahic Memoirs tells the story of the neighborhood from the 1930s through the 1960s. There are historical views of many landmarks that remain today, including Weequahic High School, Weequahic Park, Beth Israel Hospital, and even the Weequahic Branch of the NPL.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, July 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Centennial Hall, Main Library, 5 Washington Street. A panel discussion entitled Weequahic Then and Now: Bridging the Years will be moderated by Sandra King, Emmy award-winning producer of NJN’s Due Process and a graduate of Weequahic High school. Panelists will include Warren Grover, author and Newark historian, and Wilbur McNeil, president of the Weequahic Park Association. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibit includes photographs of the city’s storied Weequahic section, including images of Weequahic High School, Weequahic Park and all its neighborhoods. There will be a display dedicated to the life and works of Pulitzer Prize winning author Philip Roth, one of Weequahic’s most famous alumni, who has written prolifically about Newark and Weequahic in his many celebrated novels. There are also images of local shops and restaurants as well as photographs of the local schools including proms pictures, dances, sports and other activities.

For more information, please call the Library at 973-424-1831.