SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains will host a special presentation of The Story of Shady Rest and John Shippen on Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m.

This Zoom presentation will examine the history and legacy of the Shady Rest, America's first Black-owned golf course, and John Shippen, America's first golf professional and a longtime resident of Scotch Plains. The panel discussion will feature:

  • Sylvia Hicks, Scotch Plains resident and a member of the Preserve Shady Rest Committee
  • Thurman Simmons, Scotch Plains resident, John Shippen Foundation president
  • Gary Jones, former caddie at the Shady Rest Golf Club
  • Sheenah Pegeron, of the Shady Rest Golf Club

Visit to watch the panel discussion.

Related: Thurman and Ruby Simmons, Guardians of John Shippen's Legacy