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Posted on: February 13, 2023

City of Trenton Hosts Black History Month Events

Mayor Reed Gusciora Celebrates Black History Month in February

Trenton, N.J. – During Black History month, the City of Trenton is hosting a series of events to celebrate the contributions and history of African Americans and Black Trentonians.

The City of Trenton invites residents to visit the Trenton City Hall atrium, located at 319 E. State St., and visit the displays of African American history exhibit between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm all month long. The gallery includes highlights prominent African American leaders, artists, and more. Additionally, the City celebrates Black History month through hosting the following events:

  • On February 4th and February 18th , Beverly Keese-Kelly provides a visual tour through African American history in the atrium of Trenton City Hall.
  • On February 4th and 8th at the Trenton Public Library, located at 120 Academy St., three Trenton African-American authors participated in a storytelling event.
  • On February 11th and February 25th, Virginia Farquharson discusses the journey from Africa to America and African culture, music, and art.
  • To help the community further support Trenton’s many Black-owned businesses, the City of Trenton hosts a market on Friday, February 3rd and another market on Friday, February 17th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. at Trenton City Hall.
  • On February 18th, the Egun Omode Performing Arts Collective plays live music at the West Ward Recreation Center on 451 Prospect St.

The Office of the Mayor and the Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture sponsored these events. Mayor Reed Gusciora remarked, “Our city’s history is inseparable from broader American history. When Janet Hedgepeth and Leon Williams took on the Trenton Board of Education, their bravery led to the desegregation of New Jersey public schools years, and served as the legal basis of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. I hope Trentonians help us celebrate the rich history of the Black experience in America.”                                                        


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