The Star-Ledger

Essex County Freeholders Celebrate Women's History Month

The Star-Ledger — Tuesday, April 7, 2009

By Chanta L. Jackson / The Star-Ledger

The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently held its Annual Women's History Month Celebration at the Hall of Records. The event was a partnership between the Board and the Office of the Essex County Register of Deeds and Mortgages.

The event marked the accomplishments of four women including Newark's own, Julia Highsmith Lloyd. The other recipients were Phyllis Salowe-Kaye of West Orange, the Honorable Katherine B. Slattery of Caldwell and Laura Trimmings of East Orange.

Lloyd has enjoyed a century-long lifetime of giving and caring. Born in Montgomery County, Georgia, in 1909, she adopted the City of Newark as her hometown in 1934, and currently resides at High Park Garden Housing Cooperative. She was a licensed nurse's assistant for 25 years at Staten Island's Willowbrook Hospital until her retirement, and is a devoted and long-time member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark. She is a past Sunday School and served on the Missionary Circle for many years. She has also been deeply involved in the Order of the Eastern Star, where she has held numerous positions and received many honors, including past worthy matron and past grand trustee.

The event was sponsored by Freeholder President Blonnie R. Watson of Newark, Freeholder Linda Lordi Cavanaugh of West Orange, Freeholder Carol Y. Clark of East Orange and Register Carole A. Graves of Newark.

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