PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition group invites the public to its gathering this Saturday, July 15, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Plainfield Rebellion that lasted from July 14 to 17, 1967.

Saturday's event will include a discussion of the history of the Plainfield Rebellion, and where the city stands today.  Meet at the corner of West 4th Street and Plainfield Avenue at 5:00 pm.

Organizers ask that attendees donate non-perishable food items to be handed out to those in need.

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According to its Facebook page, the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition advocates for:
  • Peace and justice
  • Anti-violence, prevention and intervention
  • Youth, family and community programs and activities to better residents' quality of living
 

Preserving History

In fiscal year 2016, the Plainfield Public Library received a $2,000 history grant from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs for its oral history project, Plainfield Voices: 1967 Plainfield Uprising.  The project focuses on the events that occurred that summer.

The library's Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Department interviewed approximately thirty past and current Plainfield residents for the project.  The goal was to create an audio archive of personal interviews with clear transcriptions of residents’ memories of the civic upheaval that took place in Plainfield during July 1967.  Transcripts are expected to be finished and made available to the public later this year. 

Although the two-year project has concluded, interested individuals may still request to be interviewed to record their personal stories; interviews would be transcribed when additional funding becomes available. 

For more information about the project, contact the Local History Department at 908-757-1111 ext. 136, or email: localhistory@plfdpl.info.

The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue.