Treading the Paths that with Tears Have Been Watered:
The Underground Railroad in New Jersey
A lecture by Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps
From the beginning of African enslavement in America, attempts to escape from bondage were a frequent form of resistance though dangerous and strongly suppressed. What became known as the Underground Railroad was a network of meeting points, secret routes, and safe houses used by enslaved people of African descent to escape into northern states and Canada.
Organized in small, independent groups of free Blacks, sympathetic allies, and abolitionists, secrecy was essential to ensure the safety of “travelers,” “conductors,” and “stationmasters.” With its many all-Black communities as sanctuaries and as the base for Harriet Tubman’s forays south to guide escaped slaves northwards, New Jersey played a pivotal role within the Underground Railroad.
Please join us at the Trent House as Dr. Epps highlights the struggles and triumphs experienced by those traveling the Underground Railroad to freedom.
About the Presenter:
Linda Caldwell Epps is President and CEO of 1804 Consultants, an organization dedicated to the advancement of educational and cultural organizations. She has more than 40 years of experience working with educational and cultural institutions, including Bloomfield College, where she held several leadership positions including Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Vice President for College Relations, and the New Jersey Historical Society, a statewide museum, library, and educational facility, where she served as President and CEO. She has also served as a Ford Foundation-funded consultant to several institutions of higher learning – including Keene College in New Hampshire, Union College in Ohio and the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey – on issues of diversity and equity in higher education.
Dr. Epps currently serves on the boards of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Theater Square Development Company, the History Advocates of NJ Executive Board, the Newark Archives Project Board, and the Executive Board of the Newark History Society. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University’s Douglass College, a Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University, and a Doctorate from Drew University, and is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow, Class of 1992. She lectures widely on issues of diversity and the importance of the diverse narrative in the study and interpretation of US history and culture.
$10 for non members
$8 for members
Light refreshments will be served and complimentary tours of the museum will be available.