COURIER-POST, Sunday, August 28, 2011
10 S.J. hall of famers
By TAMMY PAOLINO Courier-Post Staff
Harriet Tubman was a leading AfricanAmerican abolitionist who helped establish the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses and activists that helped slaves reach safety in the north. Tubman, a Maryland native, used Cape May as her base of operations. From there, she would lead trips into Maryland, bringing enslaved people back to New Jersey. Tubman is credited with being the ﬁrst American woman to lead a military operation, a raid that freed more than 700 slaves. She is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Alice Paul Born a Quaker in Mount Laurel, Alice Stokes Paul dedicated her life to advancing the cause of women and securing equal rights for them. A great American leader and suffragette, she helped women secure the right to vote in 1920, and went on to ﬁght for an Equal Rights Amendment as well as civil rights. Paul pushed for the passage of the ERA for the rest of her life, much of it spent in Moorestown. The Alice Paul Institute at Paulsdale continues her legacy. She is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
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Clara Barton (Left) A Massachusetts native, Barton was born in 1821 and moved to New Jersey when she was in her 20s. For nine years, she worked as a teacher in Bordentown, where she created the state’s ﬁrst free public school. Barton is best known
as “The Angel of the Battleﬁeld,’’ for her work as a nurse during the Civil War, and as founder of the American Red Cross. Barton was also an activist who fought for women’s rights. She is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Carl Lewis (Left) One of the top track-andﬁeld athletes of all time, this Willingboro native was an Olympic star. Carl Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, including nine golds. Lewis has been named World Athlete of the Decade, Olympic Athlete of the Century and was elected into the Track and Field Hall of Fame. Lewis, whose attempt to run for the state senate earlier this year was cut short by residency issues, is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, and is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Franco Harris A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Harris played most of his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the last year with the Seattle Seahawks. He was born at Fort Dix. His father, who was African-American, served in World War II. His mother was from Italy. Harris is a graduate of Rancocas Valley Regional High School and attended Penn State University.
Walt Whitman Considered one of the most famous poets of all time and perhaps the most inﬂuential poet in American history, Walt Whitman is synonymous with the city of Camden, where he made his home in his later years. His home is preserved in the city for visitors to explore. Born on Long Island, Whitman grew up in Brooklyn. His most famous work, “Leaves of Grass’’ did not gain a wide audience during his lifetime, although it is now considered an American masterpiece. Whitman also worked as an ambulance driver, helping injured soldiers during the Civil War. He is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Whitman spent the last two decades of his life in Camden, and is buried in Harleigh Cemetery.
Steven Spielberg Considered one of the top American ﬁlm directors of all time, Spielberg has produced some of the most memorable and celebrated movies – including “Jaws,’’ “Schindler’s List,’’ “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,’’ “Saving Private Ryan’’ and many more. Born in Connecticut, Spielberg spent his early years with his Orthodox Jewish parents in Haddon Heights, later moving to California when his parents divorced. In a ﬁve-decade career, he has made his mark as a screenwriter, producer, studio executive, and video game designer and is a founder of Dreamworks. He has won two Best Director Oscars and his ﬁlms have won numerous Academy Awards. Spielberg also earned an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.
Patti Smith Born in Chicago, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer spent her childhood in Deptford, where her mom was a waitress and her dad worked for Honeywell. Smith would go on to become one of the most inﬂuential artists of punk and rock music. In addition to being a singersongwriter, Smith is also a poet, author and visual artist, and is credited with launching the New York City punk rock movement. Her best-known song, “Because the Night,’’ was co-written by Bruce Springsteen. Her memoir “Just Kids’’ won the National Book Award last year.
Michael Landon Best known to the world as “Pa’’ from the 1970s TV hit “Little House on the Prairie,’’ Landon was an actor, writer, director and producer. He also played well-loved characters on “Bonanza’’ and “Highway to Heaven.’’ Landon was born in Queens, N.Y., as Eugene Maurice Orowtiz, and later said he chose his acting name out of the phone book. His father was an actor and theater manager, and his mother was a dancer and comedian. The family moved to Collingswood when Landon was 4, and it was there that he would attend Collingswood High School, become a champion javelin thrower, and celebrate his bar mitzvah. His life was cut short by pancreatic cancer. Landon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and closer to home, a portion of Knight Park in Collingswood bears his name.
Bruce Willis (Right) A popular and celebrated movie star, Bruce Willis is best known for his work in action movies, as well as starring in TV’s “Moonlighting’’ with Cybill Shepherd in the 1980s. His best-loved ﬁlms include “Die Hard,’’ “Sixth Sense’’ and “Pulp Fiction.’’ Born in West Germany, where his father was stationed in the Army, Willis grew up in Penns Grove and attended Penns Grove High School. He later worked as a security guard at Salem Nuclear Power Plant before his acting career took off. He is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
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