UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS DISPLACEMENT MAPPING
This interactive map tracks the displacement of the residents of University Heights over two phases of emigration, 1955-1964, when "white flight" began from Newark to the suburbs, and 1964-1972, after African American residents' homes were seized by eminent domain. According to our data, 381 people moved out of the neighborhood during the two periods of displacement.
The next phase of research will be to use archival records and Sanborn maps to figure out what happened to the people who were displaced to create University Heights after they left the neighborhood. We hope to piece together the actual impact that being displaced had on the lives of the people forced to leave their neighborhood in the name of urban development.
If you know someone who lived in this area, or have any related information, please let us know.
Explore the interactive map.
Click on a name to view its location (scroll down to see the full list)
Slide Through Time
To compare Newark's University Heights in the 1960's and today, click on the blue dots and use the slider to toggle between photographs of what the neighborhood looked like then and now.
To read the full story visit the Slide Through Time story on our main site.
Pink polygons represent buildings prior to 1960.
Over My Dead Body
To learn how Louise Epperson, an occupational therapist turned activist, led the resistance to the medical school displacement of homeowners like herself, visit Over My Dead Body on the Newest Americans website.
To see where she lived click on the blue dot on the map.
Pink polygons represent buildings prior to 1960. The highlighted polygon represents Louise Epperson's house.
Why did resistance to the plan to move a medical school to University Heights ultimately spark Newark's long summer of discontent?
To learn more, visit Newark 1967: Juggernaut, Movement, Resolution.
Ballad of University Heights
'Riots' in Newark and other US cities in the 1960s exposed the limits of urban renewal policy. What can we learn from the past that is useful now, as Newark seeks to reinvent itself once again?
To learn more, visit Ballad of University Heights.
We Came and We Stayed
Coyt Jones arrived in Newark from South Carolina in 1927. His son, Amiri Baraka, poet, playwright and revolutionary, became the poet laureate of New Jersey. Ras Baraka, his grandson, is the current mayor of Newark. We Came and Stayed shows how the great migration transformed a family and a city.
Mayor Ras Baraka enters the chamber before giving his annual State of the City address at the Newark City Offices in Newark, New Jersey on March 18, 2015.
Welcome to the University Heights Displacement Map.
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