Press Release

InfoAge Announces Black History Month Event

When: Sunday, February 19th, 2:00 pm

Where: InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall, NJ http://infoage.org/

Press Contacts: Fred Carl, fred-carl@infoage.org

WALL, NJ – Monmouth University specialist professor of public history Melissa Ziobro will present a talk on Fort Monmouth and Camp Evans as a so-called “Black Brain Center” at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 19th, 2017. The formal opening of our new Dr. Walter McAfee African American History room will follow.

The talk, and the inaugural exhibit in our new African American History Room, both celebrate the groundbreaking achievements of African Americans, military and civilian, men and women, who answered the call to serve their country in the laboratories at Fort Monmouth and Camp Evans during the World War II and Korean War eras. These pioneers include Dr. McAfee, who made the mathematical calculations that enabled a team of scientists to bounce the first radio signals off the moon’s surface from our site, when it was known as the Army’s Evans Signal Laboratory. The work, dubbed Project Diana, helped usher in the era of space exploration and the development of satellite communications and missile guidance systems.

We are deeply indebted to Professor Robert Johnson, Jr., of Framingham State University, for allowing us to use his documentary No Short Climb: “Race Workers” & America’s Defense Technology as the nucleus of the exhibit.

Ziobro serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011.

InfoAge is located at the former US Army Camp Evans sub-post of Fort Monmouth. Camp Evans is a US Department of Interior National Historic Landmark and is New Jersey’s designated World War II Living Memorial. InfoAge is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit Educational Organization of Volunteers that was designated a “Save America’s Treasures Site” by the Clinton Administration and a “Preserve America Stewards” Site by the Bush Administration. Our mission is to preserve, honor, and educate about scientific innovation and history in order to inspire new generations of thinkers, dreamers and visionaries.


Posted January 24, 20017 by InfoAge

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