The Unfortunate History of Slavery and the Quakers in New Jersey

Saturday, February 9, 1 pm

The Unfortunate History of Slavery and the Quakers in New Jersey

February 9, at 1 pm



Richard Geffken an archival historian with the Shrewsbury Historical Society and the Monmouth County Historical Association, will present an illustrated lecture based on his research. 

This presentation is an overview of the history and legacy of New Jersey’s two-hundred-year embrace of human bondage. New Jersey, sadly, was the last northern state to outlaw slavery (1866). New Jersey also voted against Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election. Images and stories of the enslaved, slave owners, and the Quaker Abolition movement are examined and illuminated by the influential early activities at the Shrewsbury Meeting, the Manasquan Meeting, and Quaker Meetings in West Jersey.




About the Presenter:

Rick has spoken about Monmouth County historical topics at dozens of historical societies. He has been a featured speaker at the Trent House Museum, the Quaker Meeting of Shrewsbury, the Battleground Historical Society, and other organizations. He is the President and a Trustee of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House.

Rick retired from a career as a sales executive for Hewlett-Packard where he spent most of his computer industry career.  Previously, he owned and operated several small businesses and taught secondary school mathematics earlier in his career. He was an Adjunct Professor at Ocean County Community College in the Physical Education Department.

A retired U.S. Army officer and Viet Nam veteran, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Peter’s University, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Monmouth University, and a Master’s Degree from Montclair State University.


$10 non-members, $8 members  Tickets available at the door.
Presentation to be held in the Visitor Center, which is handicapped-accessible
Complimentary refreshments and tours of the Trent House Museum


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