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Before it became a Park, it was a Neighborhood.

Before it became a Park, it was a Neighborhood. In-Person

A special program in in collaboration with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield!

A mostly African American neighborhood grew around Turkey Swamp in the "Big Woods" area of Westfield between1905 and 1960.  Many residents were part of the "Great Migration" to the Northern States by African Americans in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries.  This is the story of their lives, families, and the events that led to the demise of their neighborhood.

Rob Lombard was raised in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. He attended Columbia College and majored in architectural history and urban planning. Rob applied these interests over a 40 year career as a historic preservationist, planner, and municipal administrator.  He and his wife Rosemary have lived in Westfield for  42 years, raising their three children which included regular walks through Brightwood Park.  They are both retired and enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren, travelling a bit, and volunteering.

This in-person event will also be livestreamed at 7pm: Livestream Link.

Thursday, February 22, 2024
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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Event Organizer

Jennifer Schulze

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