Watchung Booksellers welcomes acclaimed historian Philip Dray to discuss “A Lynching at Port Jervis: Race and Reckoning in the Gilded Age” on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.

On June 2, 1892, in the small, idyllic village of Port Jervis, New York, a young Black man named Robert Lewis was lynched by a violent mob. Dray shares the story of the racial violence in a relatively prosperous, industrious upstate New York town that attracted the scrutiny of the Black journalist Ida B. Wells, just then beginning her courageous anti-lynching crusade, and forced the North to reckon with its own racism.

The event is free. Register by emailing