Studio Hillier to Host Safe Streets “Kick Off” Celebration
On Friday, August 4th, from 5 pm – 7:30 pm, Studio Hillier is hosting a celebration of the Safe Streets Program that has been led by John Bailey for many years. Bailey, who grew up in Princeton, and comes back to his hometown once a year, to conduct a two-week Safe Streets program for the young people of the community.
Studio Hillier’s hosting the “Kick Off” celebration of John Bailey’s program this year is due to the particular significance of the entire Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood of Princeton being designated Princeton’s 20th historic district. This designation honors the African American contribution to the town of Princeton.
John Bailey’s program will include a forum where a panel of Princeton residents will be asked to envision what Princeton will look like in 2037, 20 years from now. There will also be a celebration of the four African American churches in the community and their contributions to the community through leadership and inspiration.
Further to the celebration, there will be a time capsule buried at the Waxwood, the former “School for Colored Children” which has been converted into 34 apartments and has been listed on the National Historic Registry. The design, development, and ownership of the Waxwood has been under the leadership of Bob and Barbara Hillier, the founders of Studio Hillier. The time capsule to be reopened in 50 years will contain important historical memorabilia of the African American community in Princeton. It will be buried on the front lawn of the Waxwood.
Studio Hillier is very involved in the Witherspoon Jackson community. Bob Hillier sits on the board of the Witherspoon Jackson Historic and Cultural Society and serves as its Treasurer.
As part of its commitment to this unique community, Studio Hillier is designing a set of 25 engraved plaques that are to be located on the 25 historic sites within the Witherspoon Jackson community. Designed as part of a self-tour named Heritage Trail, each of these plaques will have an engraved image of the building or site in question and a map of the entire historic district. Underneath the picture of the subject site there will be a written description of its historic significance written by Shirley Satterfield, the historian for the Witherspoon Jackson community and also President of the Witherspoon Jackson Historic and Cultural Society. It is hoped that funding for the plaques can be raised through sponsorships by different organizations, businesses, and individuals in the Princeton community who want to support the telling of the strong historic story of this unique part of the Princeton community.