Black History

A History of Slavery in New Jersey

Durand-Hedden and the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race created a program honoring Juneteenth, the African American celebration of the end of slavery in the US.

The celebration also included an extensive exhibit on the History of Slavery in New Jersey. The exhibit will remain available for viewing by appointment for most of the summer and is available online.

To make an appointment to view the exhibit, please call 973-763-7712 and leave a message, or email

New Jersey and the Underground Railroad

New Jersey is associated with two of the leading figures in the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman worked in Cape May during the summers from 1849 to 1852. Native New Jerseyan William Still was a key organizer of the railroad operations in Philadelphia.

“Strike the Blow for Freedom” Civil War 6th Regiment U.S. Colored Troop

The 6th Regiment U.S. Colored Troop was organized near Philadelphia in 1863. Fifty-two of the 1,272 members of the 6th Regiment were born in New Jersey. The regiment took part in crucial engagements in Petersburg and Richmond, but its greatest battle was at New Market Heights.

Next Event

December 15, 2019, 1:00 PM

Gingerbread House Contest, ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ & Holiday Shopping

Come one, come all to the Durand-Hedden House’s holiday event. View a merry medley of gingerbread houses, make a paper ornament, enjoy treats and shop at the Country Store. Kids, teens, families, scouts, adults and professionals are welcome. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 14. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the 15th – be sure to have your camera ready.

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