Pearl Beatty


Active in the Urban League, NACCP, organizing for JFK and the March on Washington. Attended Morton St. School and Arts High. Exec secretary / office manager for COPE. In 1970, appointed Executive Secretary of the Insurance Fund Commission by Gibson. Elected Freeholder for District 2 in 1978, the first woman elected in the district. First African American president of the NJ Council of Counties. In 1987 appointed Exec Chairperson of the NJ State Martin Luther King Commission.

She was very active in Newark politics and a key advisor to Mayor Gibson.


Digitized materials including oral history, Newark Public Library

Curcio, Diane. “Newark’s Miss Beatty is a Pearl Beyond Price” Star Ledger Dec 27, 1987

Birthday program, Box 14, Barbara J. Kukla Papers, Newark Library

Pearl Beatty, former Essex freeholder, dies at 83, New Jersey Globe

B-18, Beatty, Pearl, Newark News Morgue, Newark Public Library