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Common Read at CC 2021-22

This guide accompanies the book for CC's Common Read Program.

NJ Places

Homes in Camden:

Elpernia Lewis, great-grandma's house at 662 Randolph St, Camden -- lost to foreclosure

Grandparent's house was on Woodland Ave

Childhood home at 1863 Broadway


H.B. Wilson Elementary School, Friends School Mullica Hill, Morgan Village Middle School (now the The Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy), Camden High School, Camden County College, Rowan University, Seton Hall University, Eastern University, Princeton Theological Seminary,


East Jersey State Prison - map distance from Camden

Refuge Church of Christ, West Philadelphia

Mount Olive Baptist Church, Hackensack


Camden, NJ Info

“When mostly white donors gave money, out of a type of love that really resembled guilt, their hearts were not bent toward my family and neighbors necessarily. They were moved by the emotional vulnerability of other white people who claimed proximity to Camden's people and stories by subjecting themselves to the way of life in an impoverished city.” No Ashes in the Fire


Camden | New Jersey

Camden is the seat (1844) of Camden county, NJ on the Delaware River across from Philadelphia. It is a waterfront town home to Campbell Soup and Rutgers University. Industrial decay is cited as a continuous reason for Camden's ongoing problems. As once-thriving factories closed, thousands were left jobless, and those who could afford to left the city altogether.

By the early 1990s more than half the city’s population was African American and about a third Hispanic; nearly half was under the age of 21. The unemployment rate was more than twice the state’s average, and almost half of Camden’s inhabitants lived below the poverty line.

Camden, N.J., is the poorest city in the nation.  According to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 32,000 Camden residents live below the poverty line.

Estimated median household income in 2019 for Camden was $33,120. As compared to $85,751 for NJ overall. (It was $23,421 in 2000.)

See more at and Quickfacts /Camden City NJ