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Featuring this year...
Poet David Mills: New York and New Jersey Slavery and Colonial Settlers
David Mills is an internationally recognized poet who has been featured on ESPN and RCA Records. Mr. Mills will perform live/read from his bestselling, groundbreaking poetry collection, Boneyarn, the first-ever book of poems about slavery in New York City for Bergen Square Day at the Aplpe Tree House. Mr. Mills’ Boneyarn is the first-ever book of poems about slavery in New York City. The city holds the oldest and largest slave cemetery in the United States—the African Burial Ground—which was open from 1712 to 1795 and is located in Wall Street’s shadows. Fifteen thousand enslaved and free Blacks, some Native Americans, and poor whites are buried there. Mills creatively “excavates” the tragedies and triumphs of New York’s enslaved and free Black community. He writes about those who toiled as cooks, childhood chimney sweeps, sailed the Atlantic, fought in the Revolutionary War, maintained African traditions when burying the dead, helped build the “wall” where Wall Street gets its name, and regrettably were dehumanized in life and sometimes desecrated in death. The collection also includes a suite of poems dedicated to Jupiter Hammon; born into slavery in New York, Hammon was the first Black poet published in North America.
Speranza Theater Company and their new play...
Walk By the Way of The Moon - The Last Stop
By Jacqueline Kennedy
Walk By The Way Of The Moon, by Jacqueline Kennedy, is a 30 minute family-friendly historical play about Jersey City’s connection to the Underground Rail Road.
Walk By the Way of The Moon - The Last Stop - Is a play that is dedicated to the enslaved people who found the courage to run to freedom despite the inherent danger of being captured. A story told through a child’s eye.
Jersey City's own premier party DJ spinning Afrobeat on Bergen Avenue and Newkirk Street.
Flying South Latin Jazz Trio
Jersey City Dance Academy
John Paul Garcia
More Music, Performance, and Kids' Activities posting here soon...
list coming soon....
Bergen Square History Tours
Leaving every hour from
the Apple Tree House
List coming soon..
Spirit of Life Ensemble
Jersey City's celebrated jazz ensemble!
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Come celebrate the rich history and cultural diversity of Bergen Square! Located at the intersection of Bergen Avenue and Academy Street, Bergen Square is the historical heart of Jersey City and today is a vibrant, bustling community where residents, pedestrians, commuters, shoppers, students, and church-goers come together to form an extraordinary, unique urban enclave.
Ancient home to the Lenni Lenape and established by the Dutch as the first European settlement in New Jersey in 1660, Bergen Square has welcomed immigrants from around the world for centuries and now flourishes as the historical and cultural wellspring of Jersey City.
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The Journal Square Community Association’s mission is to promote a clean, green, and safe Journal Square. We advocate for the rights and interests of residents and celebrate the rich history of the area.
Our non-profit association is open to all residents of Jersey City.
The Bergen Square Historical Society's mission is to conduct research and educate the public in order to convey Bergen Square's unique place in America's history to our ever-evolving community.
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