Nat Turner Park

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Nat Turner Park. Photo: J Avery Wham
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J. Avery Wham

In the 1970s, community activists from Newark's Central Ward demanded green space for their community, which had no significant park to call its own. Eventually, land was designated for a park to be named after Nat Turner, leader of a 19th-century slave rebellion. In 2002—almost thirty years after the park was conceived—TPL, the city of Newark, Newark Public Schools, and the Central Ward community launched an effort to bring that vision to reality by finally developing Nat Turner Park. TPL led the effort, coordinating fundraising, managing the community design process, and overseeing construction. Dedicated in July 2009, Newark's largest city-owned park will provide recreation for a neighborhood of 19,000 people, including 7,000 children.

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