“Plainfield’s Hidden Black History"

February 23, 2019

The Historical Society of Plainfield cordially invites you to a lecture on
“Plainfield’s Hidden Black History" 
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4 PM at the Drake House Museum


The Historical Society of Plainfield will host a lecture and discussion entitled “Plainfield’s Hidden Black History” on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 4:00 PM.  The lecture and discussion will be led by Nancy Piwowar, President of the Historical Society of Plainfield.  “Plainfield’s Hidden Black History” will include photographs from the Historical Society’s archival collection, a discussion of the “1932 Survey of Negro Life in New Jersey” and the 1947 study of Plainfield.

Plainfield was a part of the “1932 Survey of Negro Life in New Jersey.” This study presented a picture of African-American life in New Jersey, and included population, housing, employment, health, and recreation statistics to name a few.  The 1947 study was an experimental study that focused on Plainfield, even though Plainfield’s name was not used.


“As a life-long resident of Plainfield, it was not until recently that I have found these documents, which are giving me a new perspective on my life in Plainfield.  The statistics presented in the survey and study are eye-opening, and bring a different context to past and present events,” said Nancy Piwowar.   

Nancy Piwowar is a graduate of Plainfield High School, attended Jefferson School, Washington School as part of the 6th grade plan, and Hubbard Junior High School.  She is a graduate of Wilson College, and a retired Postal worker.  She has contributed to many local history books, including the “Encyclopedia of New Jersey,” in 2004.


Tours of the Drake House Museum will be given at 2 PM and 3 PM with the lecture to begin at 4 PM.  Seating for lecture is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Light refreshments will be served.  

Members: free and non-members: donations are always appreciated.

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