Shady Rest Movie to Air Again Thursday Evening


SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Historic Society will be presenting the film "A Place for Us" as part of a free Movie Night at St. John’s Baptist Church at 2387 Morse Ave., Scotch Plains, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

"A Place for Us" tells the historic film story of the Shady Rest Country Club (currently known as the Scotch Hills Country Club), the first African American Golf and Country Club in the United States. The country club was home to John Matthew Shippman Jr., the first American Born African American Golf Professional and hosted Jazz and Blues Legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.

The Scotch Plains Council recently approved funding for a preservation study to determine what work needed to be done on the structure to not only preserve it, but begin to bring it back to its former glory.

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