Sharpe James Photograph Collection

About this Collection

This is a small collection of digital photos of Mayor Sharpe James donated to the library by the City of Newark. The photos show the Mayor at various events around the city.

Sharpe James (b. 1936) served as mayor of Newark from 1986-2006, Newark's second African American mayor after Kenneth Gibson. He also served as a State Senator from 1999-2008.

Photos are included of police, City Hall events, oaths of office, and more.

18th Annual Holocaust Observance
Keynote speakers at the City of Newark's 18th Holocaust Observance meet Mayor Sharpe James after the service on May 18, 2005. From left: Myron Katz, of the Jewish War Veterans; Dr. Jerry Ehrlich, who served as a volunteer doctor in the killing fields of Sudan in 2004; Clara Kramer, who survived 20 months in hiding from the Nazis as a 15-year-old girl in Zolkiew, Poland, in 1944; Mayor Sharpe James; Richard Tisch, a World War II US Army veteran who liberated Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
After her talk on how she survived the Holocaust by hiding in a cellar for 20 months, Mayor Sharpe James gives Clara Kramer a hug at the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance. Kramer gave graphic testimony of starvation, disease, and the shooting of her sister by Nazi troops.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
Students from Newark's Chad School light candles of Remembrance at the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance on May 18, 2005. The service marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
Students from the Oliver Street School read poetry written by children held in Nazi concentration camps, at the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance on May 18, 2005. Less than 100 of the children held at that camp survived the Holocaust, but their poems were recovered in 1945.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
Healer meets survivor: Two of the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance keynote speakers chat after the service on May 18, 2005. At left, Dr. Jerry Ehrlich, who served as a volunteer doctor in the killing fields of Sudan in 2004. At right is Clara Kramer, who survived 20 months in hiding from the Nazis as a 15-year-old girl in Zolkiew, Poland, in 1944.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
Newark Mayor Sharpe James meets with students from the Chad School at the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance on May 18, 2005. The mayor paid tribute to the attentiveness the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders gave to the observance's speakers.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
Students from Newark's Chad School light candles of Remembrance at the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance on May 18, 2005. The service marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
Clara Kramer, who survived the Holocaust as a teenager by hiding for 20 months with a Christian family in Zolkiew, Poland, points to a photograph of her pre-World War II kindergarten class during her remarks at Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance on May 18, 2005. Kramer was one of two survivors of the class. All the other children were killed by the Nazis.
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
World War II US Army veteran Richard Tisch describes how he liberated Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945, as part of his keynote speech at the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance. Tisch spoke out against Holocaust deniers, saying 'there can be no debate. It happened.'
18th Annual Holocaust Observance
US Army veteran and Holocaust liberator Richard Tisch and Bill Kenny Jr., son of another US Army Holocaust liberator, Bill Kenny, Sr., describe how the 42nd Infantry Division entered the notorious Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945, and found 'hell on earth.' The lecture was one of the keynote speeches at the City of Newark's 18th Annual Holocaust Observance on May 18, 2005. The 42nd Division freed 30,000 emaciated survivors of the Holocaust.
19th Annual Holocaust Observance
The two keynote speakers at the City of Newark's 19th Annual Holocaust Observance meet with Co-Chair Joel Freiser after delivering their speeches at the Robert Treat Hotel on May 18, 2006. From left, World War II Holocaust survivor David Gewirtzman, 1994 Rwanda genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatate, Freiser.
2006 State of the City Address
Newark Mayor Sharpe James makes a point during his 20th Annual State of the City Address on February 9, 2006, held in the Municipal Council Chamber.
2006 State of the City Address
Newark Mayor Sharpe James congratulates Newark native and 'American Idol' Top Ten Finalist Anwar Robinson, after Robinson sang 'The Impossible Dream' and 'One Moment in Time,' before the mayor's 20th Annual State of the City Address, in the Municipal Council Chamber, on February 9, 2006.
2006 State of the City Address
Newark Mayor Sharpe James and his staff give a graphic punctuation to his call for tougher legislation against illegal handguns and crimes involving firearms at his 20th Annual State of the City Address, by displaying a variety of weapons taken in the city's Handgun Buyback Program. The mayor delivered his address in the Municipal Council Chamber on February 9, 2006. Left to right, Assistant Business Administrator Norma Gonzalez, Mayor James, and Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs Manager Patrick Council. He acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
2006 State of the City Address
Newark Mayor Sharpe James arrives in the Municipal Council Chamber on February 9, 2006, bearing two boxes of contractors' bags, freshly purchased from Newark's Home Depot store, as symbols of the city's continued rise. The Mayor gave the boxes away to two random residents attending his 20th Annual State-of-the-City Address that evening
2006 State of the City Address
Newark native and 'American Idol' Top Ten Finalist Anwar Robinson sings 'The Impossible Dream' and 'One Moment in Time' at Mayor Sharpe James' 20th Annual State of the City Address, in the Municipal Council Chamber, on February 9, 2006.
Brazilian Mayors and Municipal Leaders
The delegation of Brazilian mayors and municipal leaders in Newark City Hall just before their December 2003 working breakfast with Mayor Sharpe James and Newark's department directors. At the breakfast, Mayor James and his aides gave presentations on and answered questions about Newark's programs to address economic, housing, crime, and development issues. After the breakfast, the Brazilians toured Newark, met with leaders of its large Brazilian community, and visited the Police/Fire Emergency Communications Center.
Brazilian Mayors and Municipal Leaders
Newark Mayor Sharpe James addresses nine Brazilian mayors and municipal leaders at a breakfast meeting in City Hall on December 8, 2003. The Brazilians, on a State Department tour of American cities, learned about Newark's successful initiatives, visited her Police/Fire Command Center, and met with leaders of the city's Brazilian and Portuguese communities.
Brazilian Mayors and Municipal Leaders
Newark East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and Mayor Sharpe James give a delegation of Brazilian mayors and municipal leaders a tour of Newark's Municipal Council Chamber in December 2003. The Brazilians, part of a State Department-sponsored visit to the United States, were in Newark to study its successful programs and initiatives.
Brazilian Mayors and Municipal Leaders
Newark Mayor Sharpe James makes a point while giving a tour of City Hall to nine Brazilian mayors and municipal leaders on December 8, 2003. The Brazilians, on a State Department tour of American cities, learned about Newark's successful initiatives, visited her Police/Fire Command Center, and met with leaders of the city's Brazilian and Portuguese communities.