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FALL 2022:  What's In a Name and other Encounters with the Archives

In the summer of 2022, six student filmmakers produced a film about Janet Wide Awake, a play produced by Passage Theatre at Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School. The play looks at the desegregation of the Trenton junior high schools in the 1940s and was co-written and performed by students at the school. Our documentary goes behind the scenes to shows how students, historians, teachers, playwrights and performers came together to think about this moment in the history of the Trenton schools and, more broadly, about equal access to educational opportunity today.


W are also pleased to showcase micro-documentaries created by students in this Spring’s history seminar, “Documentary, Youth and the City”, taught by Purcell Carson and Alison Isenberg. These stories reflect our collective research into young Trentonians in the 1960s—through documents and the memories of community elders today—and their responses to a tumultuous era.

This films will be posted here later in the Fall.  But first, you are cordially invited to join us for the live, in-person premiere and discussion:

Tuesday · 27 September 2022 · 6:30 PM
Trenton Circus Squad · 635 South Clinton Avenue · Trenton
Free and Open to the Public!

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