Remembering The Past: Segregated Skating In Elizabeth

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-The following is from Barbara Highsmith after my June 14 column: “I read your column on Remembering the Past recently about the gentleman who wrote about going to the Dreamland Arena. I graduated Battin High School in 1954. African-Americans at that time couldn’t go to the skating rink next to Dreamland, which was called Twin City Roller Skating. We were only allowed in Dreamland on Thursday nights.

“There was also a skating rink in Plainfield, NJ where we were allowed. My children in the 1960s, could go to both rinks in Elizabeth at any time. Twin City and Dreamland were both going downhill and soon went out of business.”

I’m always looking for contributors to add to what they see in my column! Send your own memories, past material or past photos, with captions to be included in my column. Please email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

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