A commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Pilgrim Baptist Church featured musical performances and readings by students from local schools. Below, Red Bank Charter School students went on a silent march downtown in honor of King’s message of peace. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Monday was a day of celebrations as students from Red Bank area schools offered tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 84th anniversary of his birth.
Pilgrim Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Avenue hosted a Community Commemorative Celebration with an open-ended an invitation extended to anyone wishing to join in the event.
Due to a large number of performances, it was a little on the longer side said Pastor Terrence Porter. “Because we wanted to make sure we included all the kids. Read More
Local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott, below, with a custom-branded Eisner lightbulb in the second-floor New Jersey Room of the Red Bank Public Library, once the home of industrialist Sigmund Eisner. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
On April 15, 1937, the Red Bank Public Library for decades an itinerant but growing collection of books and archival material finally found a permanent home, relocating from a downtown storefront to a mansion at 84 West Front Street.
Three months earlier, the heirs of Sigmund Eisner mass-manufacturer of uniforms for the Army, the Boy Scouts and other organizations had donated their late father’s mansion overlooking the Navesink River to the library.
The shared hope of H. Raymond, Monroe and J. Lester Eisner was that the house would provide a warm and dry place for reading, but also that it would function “as a bit of a museum, too,” says local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott.
Next month, the library will celebrate its 75th anniversary in the house with museum-like displays that highlight Eisner and his transformative impact on Red Bank as an industrialist and philanthropist.
The event, says McDermott, “is completely about” Eisner.