Black Power! 19th Century is a multimedia project created by Newark artist, historian and public humanities specialist Noelle Lorraine Williams.
Her most recent project is the pop-up exhibition Inspire! Newark's Underground Railroad at the Newark Public Library The exhibition was curated on the occasion of the creation of the monument Shadow of a Face, A Harriet Tubman Monument https://visitharriettubmansquare.com/ designed by Nina Cooke John.
The Harriet Tubman Monument that is located in Harriet Tubman Square (the park was renamed from its prior appelation Washington Square) and was commissioned by the City of Newark and by the order of the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka. fayemi shakur, Arts and Cultural Affairs Director for the City of Newark, oversaw the project. Many thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for funding this exhibition.
Prior to this Williams created Black Power! 19th Century: Newark's First African American Rebellion, the first exhibition dedicated to illuminating the connection between Newark's nineteenth-century Black activist history with its nationally known Black Power movement in a traveling and online exhibition www.blakpower19thcentury.com
Inspire! Newark’s Underground Railroad
Like Harriet Tubman, Newark’s Underground Railroad activists’ courageous fight against
slavery—despite deep-rooted interests in the institution in the city—inspired Black and
multiracial civil rights activism.
Mapping Slavery Newark www.mappingslaverynewark.com
A map of some of the countless streets, buildings, and people connected to slavery in Newark curated by Black Power! 19th Century www.blackpower19thcentury.com by Noelle Lorraine Williams.
Newark's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Recognition
Newark's second Black church Plane Street Colored Church (known by various names) was founded in the 1830s. It's leaders were leaders in the local and national Underground Railroad movement and movement for Black civil rights.
Stay: The Black Women of 19th-Century Newark - The Ballantine House at The Newark Museum
Newark artist and historian Noelle Lorraine Williams, uses newspapers and archival research to center Newark's 19th-century Black community, highlighting courageous leaders, activists and artists and connects them with the women of Newark's 20th century most pivotal moments.
In the accompannying video Newark artist and historian Noelle Lorraine Williams, centers Newark's 19th-century Black community, highlighting courageous leaders, activists, and artists and connecting them with the women of Newark's 20th-century most transformative activist moments. This video is a part of the installation "Stay: The Black Women of 19th-Century Newark" which is on view at The Ballantine House at The Newark Museum of Art in Newark, NJ. V
The site includes three dramatic and creative interpretations of Black activist life and in the 19th century.
Key figures include: George Washington, Theodore Frelinghuysen, Samuel Cornish, Samuel Ringgold Ward, Marcus Ward, John King, Junius Morel, Frederick Douglass, Hannah Mandeville, Elymas Payson Rogers, Ellen Cordelia King, Jacob King and Mary King, Henry Garnet, James McCune, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass Field at Rutgers-University Newark.