March 8--Breaking Barriers: African American Businesswomen

Tom Ankner Discussion

The Newark History Society's next program, "Breaking Barriers: African American Businesswomen in Early 20th Century Newark," will take place both in-person and via Zoom on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00pm. Our speaker is George Robb, Professor of History, William Paterson University.

In the early 20th century, a growing number of African American women in Newark broke economic and cultural barriers by establishing and operating a wide range of businesses. These pioneering Black entrepreneurs had to overcome both sexist stereotypes that a woman's place was in the home and racist policies that sought to limit African American employment to unskilled, low-wage jobs. 

In person: we will meet at the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, in the spacious James Brown African American Room on the second floor rear. Masks and proof of vaccines are required. Free parking is available at Bears & Eagles Stadium parking garage/Essex County Lot, entrance on Bridge Street between Broad Street and McCarter Highway. 

Via Zoom webinar: please register in advance to receive link, at 

This is the first time in two years we will meet in person, and our first time offering an in-person program with livestreaming via Zoom. We hope to make this the model for how we meet in the future.

We are delighted that both NJPAC and the Newark Public Library have joined us in sponsoring this program.

Tim Crist

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