Flyer- Rats, Roaches, and Ridiculous Rents (NCUP, CHNC 1964)_Page_1

Illustrations from a flyer distributed by the Clinton Hill Neighborhood Council and the Newark Community Union Project (NCUP) announcing a demonstration to protest the eviction of Mary Martin in August of 1964. Ms. Martin refused to pay rent after her landlord repeatedly failed to take care of the rats, roaches, and crumbling conditions in her apartment. Unnscrupulous landlords, like Ms. Martin’s, were slow to make repairs, but quick to evict tenants, who received little assistance from the city’s housing authorities. — Credit: Newark Public Library