Parade on Broad Street

Image from Leslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper, June 1, 1916

Images from by Nat Bodian

Newark Celebrates Its Quarter Millennium

Newark, N. J., is celebrating its 250th birthday with a six-months carnival, one of the gala days of which was the great parade on May 17th. The photograph shows the New Jersey National Guard field artillery passing through the principal street. Newark has a population of 350,000. It was founded in May, 1666, by Puritans from Connecticut, under Captain Robert Treat of Milford, who were dissatisfied with "the Christless rule" in Connecticut after the merging of the New Haven and Connecticut Colonies. The specific objection was that the right of franchise was not limited to church members.