BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Woman’s Club will observe Black History Month with a special lunchtime presentation on Friday, February 7, featuring borough residents Sharon Russell-Fowler and Johanna Robinson.

Russell-Fowler will focus her talk on black inventors — both male and female — offering attendees an interactive experience challenging their knowledge on the topic.

Robinson will take a look back at the “hidden figures” of the Belmar area who made significant contributions to the community, if not the country. One of those individuals will be the late Walter S. McAfee of Lake Como — a trailblazer in the field of astro-physics.

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The world-renowned physicist first made history in 1946 at the Evans Signal Laboratory in Wall as part of Project Diana when he calculated the speed of the moon. And he posthumously marked another milestone last August when the U.S. Post Office building in Belmar was named in his honor — a distinction earned by only some 850 Americans throughout the years.

The free event is open to the public and will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Belmar Public Library, 517 10th Avenue.

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