The Newark Museum Garden is not just a place where sculptures abound or a quiet refuge of nature to escape from the hustle-bustle of city life, it is a place where Marcus L. Ward is honored with a memorial tablet. Ward, who was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 9, 1812, who became the 21st Governor of New Jersey and served as governor from 1866 to 1869, worked hard to pass the 13th Amendment and 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. He also served congress for one term period from 1873 to 1875. Even though Ward had a limited education, he still beat the odds and became a successful politician. When he worked at his family’s candle factory, he learned the value of hard work. He was also involved in his community and had an active role in the Newark Library Association. As an American who loved his country and freedom, he was so moved by the sick and injured soldiers of the Civil War that he founded the New Jersey Soldiers Home in Newark in 1866. At this facility, wounded and sick veterans of war are still treated today. Ward also had so much compassion for the elderly that he started the Marcus L. Ward Home for the aged. Not only did Ward distinguish himself as a politician, but also as a humanitarian who deeply cared about helping veterans and the aged.
January 9, 2014