With a university that has most of its college students commuting to campus or dwelling in a dorm, it’s secure to say that many college students aren’t absolutely conscious of the number of issues to do within the surrounding space.
NJCU’s web site brags about how shut it’s to New York as if it’s the one place to go to exterior campus. However you possibly can go to America’s oldest Coptic congregation, one in all solely two museums in New Jersey devoted to Black historical past, see the world’s oldest concrete fountain, and go to one in all Jersey Metropolis’s oldest black-owned eating places, all inside strolling distance of campus.
African American Historic Museum <1841 John F Kennedy Blvd>
You’d be stunned how many individuals didn’t know that Jersey Metropolis has loads to do with Black historical past. It was the final cease on an Underground Railroad, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made two speeches right here, and Malcolm X’s spouse, Betty Shabazz, was an undergrad pupil at NJCU. So, it’s simple to grasp why, with the assistance of Jersey Metropolis’s NAACP department, the Earl Morgan Library’s second flooring turned New Jersey’s first museum dedicated to Black historical past.
Director Neil Brunson says he turned the director of the museum as a result of “Jersey Metropolis is the basic starting of pre-colonial America,” and that it has “the historical past of [his] folks.”
Brunson additionally stated that the museum boasted three exhibit rooms value of artifacts together with ephemera paperwork, slave shackles, and knitted folks artwork that got here from years of gathering. He additionally added that he’s open to guiding faculty college students and students round however provided that you electronic mail him at [email protected]. The library and museum are a ten-minute stroll from campus on the nook of Kennedy Boulevard and Wade St.
Between Associates Meals Truck <1800 John F Kennedy Blvd>
Lower than a block from the museum is a halal truck that has been on the identical nook since summer 2020. Most of its meals contain seasoned rice over meat reminiscent of hen or merguez (a flavored Moroccan sausage), chopped greens, and the selection of both scorching sauce or yogurt. One of the best half about this place is that each order mixture is lower than $30. The truck is parked weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.