Exploring African American History in New Jersey

MAY 23, 2017 – 9am to 4 pm



MAY 23, 2017 – 9am to 4 pm


80 Sculptors Way

Hamilton, NJ


Learn about the sources, methods, & tools used by archivists, archaeologists, historians, & genealogists in their work in New Jersey


Pre-registration required by COB May 19

Registration fee $40

Student Fee $20

Continental breakfast and lunch included

Exploring African American History in New Jersey is intended to introduce available sources, methods, and tools for learning about African Americans in New Jersey from colonial times to the present.

Keynote speakers at the workshop are Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, museum consultant and specialist in interpreting the African American experience,  and Junius W. Williams, Esquire, .nationally recognized attorney, musician, educator and independent thinker who has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements.

Workshop sessions on archaeology, archival research, and genealogy with in-depth sessions focused on sources available in New Jersey are conducted by staff from the New Jersey State Archives and State Library, the New Jersey Historical Society, the New Jersey Chapter of the Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society, and the Rutgers University Libraries, as well as other individuals with extensive professional experience in research on African Americans in New Jersey.

The workshop follows an invitational symposium organized by the Trent House Museum and the Stoutsburg Sourland African American in January of this year to discuss how to better include and interpret the lives, struggles, and contributions of African Americans in New Jersey. A frequently repeated theme at that symposium was the scarcity of accurate knowledge and deep understanding about the African American experience.

Dr. Sorin is Director and Distinguished Service Professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program at the State University of New York College at Oneonta.  Her books include Touring Historic Harlem, Four Walks in Northern Manhattan with architectural historian Andrew Dolkart, In the Spirit of Martin:  The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Through the Eyes of Others:  African Americans and Identity in American Art.

Mr. Williams is Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University, Newark.  He is the author of Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power, a political memoir from the 1950s to the present day.

The workshop is supported in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission, and the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

For more information please contact Samuel Stephens, Trent House Association, at sstephens@capd.org.



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