Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Defending the Byram African-American Cemetery at MPL, Mar. 18




Montclair, N.J.— On Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m., Montclair Public Library will host a genealogical talk presented by a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society (


As someone with Afro-Dutch and Malagasy colonial roots going back to New Amsterdam, Teresa Vega will discuss the historical importance of saving African-American burial grounds and her family’s current battle to save the Byram African-American Cemetery in Greenwich, CT.

Sign Up for E-News


This talk is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. The library is handicapped accessible and can provide assistive listening devices upon request. For more information on these events or to register, visit or call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.

About Teresa Vega

In 1991, during Teresa Vega’s first year at CUNY Graduate and University Center, she was among many anthropology graduate students who took part in standing up for the historical designation of the recently discovered African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. Vega has discovered that her maternal African-American Green-Merritt ancestors were from Greenwich, CT and have an over 250+ year presence in the town. Her family is of Native American and European ancestry, and descends from both slave owners and slaves who can be traced back to the mid-1700s. Vega will discuss their journey to freedom as well as that of their descendants in her talk.


About Montclair Public Library

Founded in 1893, the Montclair Public Library serves the citizens of Montclair, New Jersey through two facilities: the Main Library at 50 S. Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Branch at 185 Bellevue Avenue, currently celebrating the Carnegie library building’s 100th anniversary. The Montclair Public Library relies on municipal and private funding to offer a host of free educational programs, family events and services seven days a week, changing lives every day through words, ideas and community connections.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Cedar Grove Police: No Charges Filed in Memorial Middle School Social Media Incident

March 20, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police announced that the investigation into a "concerning" comment made by a Memorial Middle School via social media in late February has concluded and no charges have been filed.

According to police, the comment, which was reportedly made on Instagram Live, could not be substantiated and there was no probable cause to file a charge.  Police ...

Bloomfield Commemorates Restoration of Historic Theodore Ward House at 41 Park Place

March 20, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Township Council presented a proclamation to Lou and Cynthia Mandarakas for their restoration of the Theodore Ward House at 41 Park Place. The Mandarakases purchased the 130-year-old home in 2008 and financed the cost of interior and exterior restorations.

Built in 1887 by Theodore Hastings Ward, an early president of the Bloomfield Saving Bank, the Victorian ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, March 20, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Martin Luther King, Newark, and the Cool Spring ...

Education Law & Justice Other

Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Understanding Liver Disease

Health & Wellness

Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Financial Seminar at Montclair Public Library

Business & Finance

Montclair Police Blotter: Vehicles Struck by Falling Trees, Attempted Burglary to Gates Ave. Residences and More

March 15, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ- The following blotter was issued by the Montclair Police Department on  March 13, 2018. 

03-07- 2018 (Orange Road) Attempted burglary to a residence. The suspect was not successful in gaining
access to the residence. The suspect vehicle was described as a white Dodge Ram pickup truck.
03-10- 2018 (North Fullerton Avenue) Theft of delivered packages ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...

Jazz Concert at MPL: Viktorija Gečytė & Gene Perla Quartet

March 20, 2018

Lithuanian singer Viktorija Gečytė and American double-bassist Gene Perla have been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the US and Europe. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, and rarely performed musical gems. With Sean Gough on piano and David Jimenez on drums.

About the Artists:
Viktorija Gečytė ...