Juneteenth at Durand-Hedden draws crowds; honors history

Jul 1, 2021

More than 150 visitors participated in the Juneteenth 2021 celebration hosted by the Durand-Hedden House, in partnership with the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. Part of a MAPSO-wide program, the event allowed people to gain insight into the years leading up to the Civil War through the work of historical reenactors portraying Harriet Tubman; a formerly enslaved man; and Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress and confidante. Three poets from the Maplewood Black Poets Project performed, and there was an exhibit by African American artist Mansa Mussa.

The exhibit on Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is moving to the Columbia High School Gallery in October.

Durand-Hedden also has created a book based on the exhibit. To order a copy for $12.50 (including shipping), use the Donation button to pay and put your name and address in the Comments box. Books can also be ordered by sending a check to Durand-Hedden House, PO Box 206, Maplewood, NJ 07040. Organizations wishing to order the book in quantity should write to info@durandhedden.org. The book can be previewed online.

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Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.

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