Rahway to honor Nikola Tesla

Rahway’s 4th Annual Culture Crawl will take place on Friday, June 17th in the Downtown Arts District. 

This year, the Rahway Arts & Business Partnership, host of Culture Crawl, has partnered with the Tesla Science Foundation to honor Nikola Tesla.


“In honor of Serbian immigrant, Nikola Tesla’s incredible contribution to Rahway, this year’s Culture Crawl is Electric!,” said  Gina Marie Rodriguez, business manager for the Rahway Arts & Business Partnership.  “We will be celebrating the man, the scientist, the innovator who helped to put Rahway on the map in March of 1885.”

Tesla founded the Tesla Electric Lighting Company on Irving Street and created the first Alternating Current lamp posts at the Rahway Train Station.

“We encourage you to learn more about this man and his contributions to Rahway by visiting the many exhibits showcasing his contributions,” said Rodriguez.

“Explore the art throughout the downtown, learn about our history and enjoy Tesla inspired events and specials! ,” said Rodriguez.

There will be a ceremony at the Rahway Train Station Plaza beginning at 6pm to dedicate the bust of Nikola Tesla generously gifted to Rahway by the Republic of Srpska and the Nation of Serbia.

Upendra Chivukula, Commissioner on the NJ Board of Public Utilities; Obrad Kesic the Director of the RS Office of Cooperation, Trade and Investment; Nikola Lonchar President of the Tesla Science Foundation; Samuel Mason, Director of the Tesla Science Foundation; and Marina Zivkovic, the Consulate General of Serbia will be among the speakers.

Special performances by Mano Divina, “Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat”  and Bisire, a Serbian folklore dance group, will add to the celebration. 

Tesla inspired art exhibits and presentations will also be located at the Train Station Plaza throughout the evening.

The evening continues until 9pm showcasing art of all genres throughout the downtown of Rahway with an “electric” flare in honor of Nikola Tesla. 

For more information, please visit www.culturecrawl.org

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