Newark Community Museum will Spotlight Struggle for Justice


Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other dignitaries today unveiled a vision for the Newark Community Museum today at Central High School in the City’s Central Ward.

Newark’s 1st Precinct, located at 17th Avenue, will be closed by December 31, 2021, and be transitioned into the museum and headquarters for the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery and chronicle local activism and positive police changes. The 1st Precinct is the location where the 1967 Newark Rebellion began, on July 12, 1967. At that time, the structure was designated the 4th Precinct.

Under the direction of Newark Historian Junius Williams, who attended the event, the Museum Advisory Committee will help convert the building into a place where Newark residents’ movements for justice and celebrations of life will be on permanent display.

“Let’s make this a success,” said Mayor Baraka.

Residents will be asked to donate their artifacts for display as long as they portray a story of resistance to injustice, and stories of people’s struggle for justice. In addition, the committee is commissioning a series of video documentaries entitled “Our City – Our Stories,” which will premiere at this event.

Global architecture firm Gensler led the vision design of the Newark Community Museum, which incorporated feedback and aspirations from the community.

Junius Williams.
Junius Williams.


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  • Moe Howard

    Rebellion? I’ve heard it called an “uprising.” How about riot. That’s what I remember, the Newark riots.

    You don’t say why this precinct is being closed. Maybe it was the $12 million that was moved from the Public Safety budget to this new Office of Violence Prevention. Right. Let’s see how this works out.

    Not sure who’s paying for all this, but if Newark has the money for a “social justice” museum, maybe they can start paying for their own schools as well.

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