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State Sen. Wynona Lipman (D-Newark) was the first Black woman to serve in the New Jersey State Senate. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WYNONA'S HOUSE)

Fourteen New Jersey trailblazers

Some you’ve heard of, some you probably have not

By David Wildstein, January 21 2019 9:25 am

For New Jersey Globe readers who enjoy political history, here’s our partial list of African American trailblazers who helped open the door to new opportunities in New Jersey government and politics.

Trailblazer: Walter Gilbert Alexander


Trailblazer: Senator Wynona Lipman

Trailblazer: Speaker S. Howard Woodson

Trailblazer: Congressman Donald Payne, Sr.

Trailblazer: Assemblywoman Madaline Williams

Trailblazer: Senator Hutchins Inge

Trailblazer: Mayor Kenneth Gibson

Trailblazer: Commissioner Horace Bryant, Sr.

Trailblazer: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman

Trailblazer: Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

Trailblazer: Cory Booker

Trailblazer: Bill Stubbs

Trailblazer: Justice James Coleman, Jr.

Trailblazer: Judge Anne Thompson

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