JERSEY CITY, N.J. January 29, 2013 – Frank Hague – the allure of Jersey City’s most-written about mayor never dims.
The month of February brings two programs at the Jersey City Free Public Library that shine spotlights on both sides of the Hague enigma: Was he just a political tyrant, or did Mayor Hague do some good?
On Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m., the Main Library’s New Jersey Room (472 Jersey Avenue, 3rd Floor) presents author Leonard F. Vernon, whose book, The Life & Times of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague, explores the second question. With an introduction that defines the historical context for Hague’s well-known identifier, “I am the law,” this book provides FBI-researched vignettes that point to a mayor caring for “[t]he areas of juvenile justice and the education of children with special needs. (p. 68)” Four days later, on Wednesday, February 20 at 1 p.m., Jersey City folk historian Bob Leach, director of the Jersey City Historical Project, will host his video, Invasion of the Reds, at the Five Corners Branch Library Mildred H. Hunke Auditorium (678 Newark Avenue) and hold a Q&A session afterwards. Leach’s chronicling of the Mayor’s complete shutdown of people he did not want in Jersey City illustrates Hague’s tyrannical tendencies, as personified in his war against radicals and free speech.
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