Honoring Black History

Feb 8, 2022

Honoring Black history is important to the Durand-Hedden House, and over the years we have had many programs on important African Americans like abolitionist Harriet Tubman and Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first Black man to cast a vote in New Jersey, and topics like the Underground Railroad in our state.

On Sunday, Feb. 13, we were honored to have local Chef Jesse Jones demonstrate and talk about African American foodways at our 18 th -century hearth. Visitors were able to view an exhibit on African Americans who led the fight for women’s suffrage.

Next month, esteemed historical interpreter Dr. Daisy Century will transform herself into Sojourner Truth and teach us, in her compelling way, about that most admirable suffragist and abolitionist. That program will be at The Woodland on Sunday, March 13.

On Sunday, June 19th, we will once again have a multifaceted program honoring Juneteenth, the holiday that recognizes the liberation of Black people from the yoke of slavery. The event will include historical reenactors, live music, children’s activities, and many other attractions. We hope you will join us for these engaging and informative programs.

Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.

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