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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017 at 6pm


Jane M. Eliasof, Executive Director, Montclair History Center will present:

A Place to Become:
The Montclair YWCA for African American Women (1920-1965)

The YWCA has long served as a beacon of opportunity and dignity for all. But a century ago it was segregated, like most of American society, along racial lines.

About 50 YWCAs existed for young women and girls of color, all of them offshoots of white chapters except one: the YWCA of Montclair-North Essex in Montclair, New Jersey, founded by Alice Hooe Foster, the first African American alumna of Montclair High School.

On Thursday, October 19, Jane M. Eliasof, the Executive Director of the Montclair History Center will offer an engaging talk on Alice Hooe Foster and the other young women who made the Crane House/Historic YWCA a social justice landmark.

Please join us to welcome the 2017 winner of the New Jersey National History Day, Best African American Research Project, Matthew Duncan of Lawrence Middle School!
Matthew will present his award-winning documentary short film
“Black Hair: Taking a Stand for Heritage and Revolution”

Through this event we also thank our members and donors for their support, and take the opportunity to recognize outstanding service to The New Jersey Historical Society over the years.

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