Hundreds of Volunteers to Cleanup Historic Hinchliffe Stadium
Part of a restoration effort of the Negro League Baseball Stadium by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the City of Paterson
Posted April 7, 2014 | Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-588-6141
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the City of Paterson, alongside the Hinchliffe Steering Committee, will host a community cleanup event on Wednesday, April 16 at Hinchliffe Stadium in support of the restoration of the former Negro League baseball arena.
Built by the City of Paterson in 1932 and owned by Paterson Public Schools since 1963, Hinchliffe Stadium is one of the few remaining stadiums in the country associated with Negro League baseball. Teams like the New York Black Yankees, New York Cubans and the Newark Eagles all took the field at Hinchliffe Stadium.
“Thank you to all the participants in the community cleanup event working to restore one of the city and nation’s premier cultural and historic sites,” said Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones. “Rebuilding our cities and the major attractions in them is a job for everyone who understands the need for preservation of our history and we are grateful for your efforts,” Mayor Jones said.
The cleanup event comes a day after Major League Baseball’s annual “Jackie Robinson Day” commemoration on April 15. Hundreds of volunteers in Paterson will gather in honor of Negro League Baseball players Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, a Paterson native and Hall of Famer, and others who played at Hinchliffe Stadium. Doby was the second African-American to integrate professional baseball after Robinson.
“Hinchliffe Stadium represents an irreplaceable piece of our nation’s history,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “It is here that some of our nation’s greatest athletes took to the field and courageously led the movement to integrate professional sports and move our country toward greater equality. We are honored to bring our HOPE crew to work alongside the Paterson community to restore this iconic stadium.”
The National Trust’s HOPE Crew program will support the community clean up event and provide an estimated 500 volunteers of all ages the opportunity to paint the exposed walls of Hinchliffe Stadium. The effort will remove the graffiti and give new life to the vacant structure. HOPE Crew or “Hands-on Preservation Experience” Crew is a new initiative of the National Trust that trains thousands of people in useful, hands-on skills in historic preservation projects.
Prior to the cleanup, the National Park Service and the Paterson Board of Education will host the Hinchliffe Stadium National Historic Landmark Ceremony at 10 a.m. The community clean up event ends at 4:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.savingplaces.org/treasures/hinchliffe-stadium.
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Members of the Hinchliffe Steering Committee:
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. www.PreservationNation.org
City of Paterson
Based on the vision Alexander Hamilton, of one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, Paterson was established in 1792 as America’s first planned industrial city. Later renowned as the “Silk City” for its role in the silk manufacturing and dying industries, Paterson was at the center of the American Industrial Revolution. In 1932, Paterson opened Hinchliffe Stadium, a 10,000 seat sports venue named in honor of John V. Hinchliffe, the city’s mayor at the time. Today, the restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium is a priority for Mayor Jeffrey Jones’ work to revitalize the city and its economy. For more information, visit www.patersonnj.gov.
Paterson Historic Preservation Commission
Advocates, supports and reviews current and future preservation goals on behalf of the city of Paterson. The Paterson Historic Preservation Commission is a key agency engaged in the revitalization of Hinchliffe Stadium which now has the honorable distinction of being listed as a National Historic Landmark as well as a state and municipal historic landmark. For more information, visit http://www.patersonnj.gov/department/board.php?fDD=21-81.
Paterson Public Schools
The Paterson Public School District is a diverse urban school district located in northern New Jersey. As the third largest school district in New Jersey, the district enrolls approximately 28,000 students in 54 schools to accommodate students in Pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school district’s strategic plan focuses on four priorities: Effective Academic Programs; Safe, Caring & Orderly Schools; Family & Community Engagement; and Efficient & Responsive Operations. For more information, visit www.paterson.k12.nj.us.
Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium
The Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium (FOHS) is a volunteer non-profit organization actively dedicated to the history and future of Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey. Since 2002, through the organization's research, FOHS has worked tirelessly to establish the stadium's role in American history through Hinchliffe's association with the Negro Leagues. FOHS achieved having Hinchliffe named one of The National Trust for Historic Preservation's "11 Most Endangered Historic Places." The organization also was awarded grants amounting to over $500,000 toward the stadium's rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.hinchliffestadium.org.
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
Designated both a National Natural Landmark and a National Historic Landmark District, Paterson Great Falls NHP was established as a unit of the National Park System in 2011. The Great Falls of the Passaic River is the second largest waterfall by volume east of the Mississippi River. The 77-foot-high falls inspired Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, to locate the nation’s first planned industrial city in Paterson in 1792. Hamilton’s vision led to building a “raceway” system of tiered water channels that harnessed the might of the river to power factories. The industrial center attracted entrepreneurs, laborers and immigrants with diverse talents to Paterson’s mills who produced everything from textiles and Colt firearms to locomotives and aircraft engines. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/pagr/index.htm.