In celebration of Black History Month, the Union County Board of County Commissioners invites the public to view Black History Month – Notable People of Union County, a special exhibit of Union County residents who have distinguished themselves as inventors, artists and athletes. The unique exhibit pairs portraits and biographical information of notable residents with maps of the public parklands in their vicinity.
“Our parks are the crown jewel of Union County – and the Black History Month – Notable People of Union County’s gallery provides a detailed insight into the roles that African Americans played as an inspiration to some of these outdoor spaces,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “I am proud to have these photos on display to give more awareness to the outstanding achievements many African Americans residents of Union County played in our community and beyond. I encourage all residents to come out and visit the gallery.”
“This exhibit illustrates the linkage between access to open space and recreation, and the principle of equal respect and dignity, while raising awareness of the remarkable achievements of our most notable residents,” said Commissioner James E. Baker, Jr.
“Black History Month – Notable People of Union County spans a wide range of accomplishments in many different fields. It inspires us to keep striving to build a community that supports the dreams and aspirations of our youth, and it reaffirms our duty to preserve and protect our public parks for all to enjoy,” said Commissioner Dr. Angela Garretson.
“With each Black History Month, we recover the hidden figures who have enriched Union County as a community, and who have made their voices heard in the wider world. This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to refresh out knowledge of the past and renew our appreciation for the natural heritage preserved in our parks,” said Commissioner Rebecca L. Williams.
More than a dozen notable Union County residents are featured in the exhibit, including the artist and printmaker Robert Hamilton Blackburn, who revolutionized color lithography, and James Edward Maceo West, an inventor and Bell Laboratories Fellow who holds more than 250 patents.
The Commissioners gallery is open during regular weekday business hours, and on Thursday evenings when public Commissioner meetings are in session. To view the schedule of meetings visit ucnj.org/commissioners/schedule.
Exhibits at the Commissioners Gallery are coordinated by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, a division of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.
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