UNION, NJ – A Black History Month Exhibit, "The Veterans of Vauxhall", provided by the Vauxhall Historical Society, will be hosted by the Union Township Historical Society on three occasions in February.
The event, held at the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. will take place on Sundays: Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25.
Included at the exhibit, the Union Township Historical Society (UTHS) will display its own exhibit on Eulace Peacock, Union High School Class of 1933. As a senior, Peacock set the NJSIAA long jump record of 24'4"--which still stands for Group 1 schools--and ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds. Peacock won almost 500 medals at Union High School.
Peacock also played football and basketball and, as a senior halfback, scored 136 points. At Temple University, he was named "the world's fastest human." He beat future Olympic gold medalist, Jesse Owens, in the 60-yard dash and the long jump--the first of 7 times in 10 events they competed that that happened. A pulled hamstring prevented Peacock from going to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Reservations are not required. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please call 908-591-4377.