The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) had awarded a Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) Grant to the City of Woodbury. NPP is a five-year program whose purpose is to restore and improve the area generally bounded by Hopkins Street and south to Railroad Avenue, continuing west to High Street (to South Jackson Street), and south to Salem Avenue. This program has now concluded as of June 30, 2010.
The Neighborhood Preservation Program Resident Organization is a coalition of neighborhood residents and community leaders who design and implement programs for neighborhood improvement. You are invited to join them to work for neighborhood revitalization.
For more information, contact your neighborhood representatives:
Cynthia Russell 853-0754
Gloria Holmes 845-1630
Steve Graff 848-4570
The focus of An Oral History Project: The African-American Community in Woodbury is to develop an oral history and archive of the black community in Woodbury. We are creating a record for scholars and the general public that will describe life in Woodbury for African Americans through the 19th and 20th centuries. Sponsored by Woodbury’s Neighborhood Preservation Program, we are reconstructing the early history of blacks in Woodbury through the use of oral narratives, photographs and documents of the elderly participants who were born and raised in Woodbury.
Project Director Dr. Diane D. Turner, a Woodbury resident and the curator of the Charles L. Blockson Collection at Temple University, frequently advises the participants that “African American history is American history, but it is frequently lost, stolen or strayed” and that only through projects such as this can the African American community ensure that their story is accurately told and preserved. Dr. Turner frequently uses an old African proverb to illustrate the importance of passing this history on to the younger generations:
“If you don’t know where you come from,You cannot know where you are going.
And if you don’t know where you are going, Any road will take you there”. Anyone interested in participating, please call Gloria Holmes, Project Advisor, at 856.845.1630.
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