UNION, NJ – In celebration of Black History Month, the Vauxhall Historical Society and the Union Public Library are hosting the eighth annual Black History Essay Contest for all Union fifth graders.

Students should select from one of the topics for their essay subject:

  • There is a recent movie named “Harriet”. Who is the person named Harriet? What did she do? Why did she do it? If you were she, would you have been able to do what she did? Why or Why not.
  • Research and select an African American in history who you believe is unknown to most people. Pretend you are an English or history teacher and write an essay that tells your students about that person.
  • Write an original poem or original lyrics to a song that you believe reflects the African American experience in America.

Entries must be 250-300 words typed, double spaced with one inch margins.  The contest is open to all fifth grade students who are residents of the Township of Union.  The last page of the essay must include the student’s name, address, home telephone number and the name of their school.

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Award for the first place essay is $75.00; second place will receive $50.00 and third place $25.00

The essay contest opens on Monday, January 27.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28.  Essays should be mailed to the Vauxhall Historical Society, P.O. Box 21, Vauxhall, NJ  07088, or to the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ  07083, or the Vauxhall Branch of the Union Public Library, 123 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ  07088.

Winners will be announced on March 3 and presented with a cash award at the March 10 Vauxhall Historical Society Black History Essay Contest Awards Ceremony.  The event will be  held at the Congressman Donald M. Payne Vauxhall Meeting Center, 336 Russell Street, at 6:00 p.m.