Bookmobile features North Pole explorer on March 17

Bookmobile features North Pole explorer on March 17

The SCC Bookmobile’s next living-history program features "Matthew Henson: A Negro explorer at the North Pole" on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in partnership with American Historical Theatre.

Sponsored by the Friends of the SCC Bookmobile Library, this family-friendly, free event will be held in Donaghay Hall, Room 106, on Salem Community College’s campus at 460 Hollywood Ave.  Guests should park in Lot D and enter through the double doors facing the parking lot.  

Keith Henley will portray Henson, an African-American explorer who in 1909 may have been the first man, black or white, to reach the North Pole, according to National Geographic.  

Henley graduated from South Carolina State College with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics and biology. Later, he studied theatre education at Camden County College in Blackwood. In addition to owning and operating J.O.Y. Productions and other businesses, he is the artistic director and choreographer for Folkloric Heritage Culture Arts Company Inc. of Cherry Hill.

Funding for the program is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through Salem County Board of Freeholders and Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  

For more information, contact Bookmobile Library Coordinator Margaret Masserini at (856) 351-2830 or