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1779   Wax model portrait of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, by
Patience Lovell Wright (1725-1786) and historical plaque honoring her.

1843   Jarena Lee (1783-unknown), the first known woman preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

1844   Carrie Cook Sanborn, nineteenth century Quaker, artist, head of the Cedars Art Colony, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

1845   The Lincoln Children, a portrait painted by Susan Catherine Moore Waters. Oil on canvas.

1865   Mary Mapes Dodge (1831-1905) Tablet.

1866  Lily Martin Spencer (1822-1902) painting, "War Spirit at Home," one of the most popular paintings of the mid-19th century.

1874   Violet Oakley, an important American muralist, was born in Bergen Heights in 1874.

c. 1917   Mary Philbrook (1872-1958) became the first New Jersey woman lawyer to gain admittance to the bar in 1895 as a result of an enabling act of the New Jersey legislature. 

1920   Promotional poster, Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968).

c. 1920s   Elizabeth Coleman White (1871-1954), developer of the nation's first cultivated blueberry. 

1923   Newspaper article by Beatrice Winser, director of Newark Public Library, 1923.

1927   "Queensborough Bridge," by Elsie Driggs (1898 -1992).

c. 1930s   Marion Thompson Wright (1902-1962), an African American historian and teacher. 

1932   New Jersey Organization of Teachers of Colored Children.

c. 1932   Rita Sapiro Finkler (1888-1968), path-breaking physician and pioneering endocrinologist. 

1937   Dorothy Cross (1906-1974), an expert on the Delaware Indians and Jersey archeology. Photographed here in 1937.

1943   Clara Barton School, Bordentown, New Jersey.

1943   Ruth Cheney Streeter (1895-1990), the first director of the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve, in military uniform, 1943.

1945   Rachel K. McDowell's National Federation of Press Women, Inc. membership card.

1952   Mary Roebling (1905-1994), a reprint of the article "Banker in High Heels" from the Greater Philadelphia Magazine, July 1952. 

1965   "Displaced," a bronze sculpture by Dorothea Greenbaum (1893 - 1986).

1985   Helen Stummer has been documenting Newark's Central Ward for many years.

1995   Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi (1934- ), the first woman to serve as a New Jersey Supreme Court Judge.

2001  Portrait of the artist Bernarda Bryson Shahn in her studio.

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