Firestone gave Joseph Brown’s father a treasured job, but today he says the company mostly gives him problems as he tries to make a living fishing the Farmington River. By Ashley Gilbertson and Timothy Grucza / VII Photo for ProPublica
On June 14, 2015, Hillary Clinton held her first major campaign rally on Roosevelt Island, New York City. At the same time, a few miles north on Randall’s Island, the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, competed in the 200 meter at the Diamond League track meet. Although Clinton and Bolt are running different races, the events shared similarities: pageantry, thousands of attendees, and an elite competitor trying to reach the next level of his or her game. By Ashley Gilbertson and Christopher Lee / VII Photo for The New Yorker
In the 1990’s, the Krueger-Scott Cultural Center undertook an ambitious oral history project that conducted over 120 interviews with African American Newarkers who had migrated to the city from 1910-1970.
One of the interviews in the collection is with Coyt Jones, grandfather of the current mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka. Theirs is the first in a series of stories we will be telling about families who migrated to Newark; the people who came and stayed.