#I AM TRENTON.

 

 

A key part of our mission is to build pride in our city, and in its greatest asset — its people. Out of a very long list of nominees, these 17 individuals or small teams agreed to be photographed by some talented Trenton-based photographers and to shout “#I Am Trenton” with us from a billboard. Together, they represent a lot of what we believe makes this city great: a largeness of spirit that is not necessarily celebrated on the front page of the paper, but creates real change on the ground. We’re proud to share a homebase with them, and to be a resource for more of the same sort of change.

Click to read their stories, arranged here in alphabetical order. And yes, there are so many more! This campaign is meant to be the start of a celebration of Trenton. Share your own stories and those of your friends with the hashtag #IAmTrenton. Roll up your sleeves. And help grow the movement. Let’s tell the world that we’re here, we’re doing great things, and we’re proud of it.



BENTRICE JUSU
Poet, Multimedia Artist, Activist
In the tradition of Ntozake Shange, Bentrice is a bold young voice putting Trenton on the map.


CARLOS SALINAS
Student Organizer
An emerging young leader and journalist, Carlos established Latinos Global while a student at Daylight Twilight.


DERRICK McEADY
Downtown’s Master Landscaper
Derrick is outside almost every day, making sure downtown Trenton’s parks and green spaces look capital.


DORIS SPEARS
Jazz Musician and Activist
She strengthened the jazz tradition in her adopted city, and now strives to improve Trenton for its youth.


MIRIAM REED
Educator, Mentor
She began teaching almost by accident, but Mimi loves it — and her students love her too.


NANETTE “MS. ANN” MILLER
Community Member
Ms. Ann has been making East Hanover Street warmer, friendlier, and more beautiful for years.


THE ORCHID GROUP
Entrepreneurs, Activists
Through cooperative economics and transforming spaces, Jamil, Elijah, and Nicole aim to change Trenton on the ground.


SAM KANIG
Founder, Galeria Casa Cultura
Sam tirelessly builds Trenton’s cultural energy, most recently by establishing Galeria Casa Cultura, Trenton’s first Latino art gallery.


THE SIX OH NINE PROJECT
Creative Entrepreneurs
S. Bola Okoya, Albert Matlock (not pictured), and Fatima Agosto’s pop-up shops and events show Trenton as a world-class city.


TAMARA TORRES
Artist, Activist
Tamara has overcome countless challenges, and now takes up the cause of abused and disadvantaged women through her art.


ANTHONY “VERGE” CANNON
Sports Organizer
Verge founded the Unified Urban Men’s Softball League, which brings together hundreds from all over Trenton each Sunday.


DJ MS. SUE MS. SUE
Radio host, DJ
She’s been the “Lady DJ” at events and on WTSR for over 40 years.

Made possible by the generous support of:



 

Photographers

Abbas Wiswall
Alfredo Marin, Jr.
Bentrice Jusu
S. Bola Okoya
Jonathan Gordon


Project manager

Lori Johansson


Board team

Kelly Ingram
Iana Dikidjieva


Billboard sponsor


Special thanks to

Candle Light Events LLC
Shannon Keegan
Tina LeMar
Kai Gray
Park Avenue Printing
Blue Ink Studio
The Old Barracks Museum
Damion Parran


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