WEST ORANGE, NJ — A new historical marker honoring Anthony Thompson was unveiled on Sunday at Tory Corner in downtown West Orange.
Thompson was the last surviving enslaved person in Essex County. He lived in West Orange across from this location as a free man from 1833 to his death in 1884.
This is the eighth historical marker installed throughout the town since 2014 by the Downtown West Orange Alliance. More are planned.
(Pictured are WO Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone, WOBOE President Ken Alper, Mayor Robert Parisi, WO Council President Michelle Casalino, Councilwoman Cindy Matute-Brown, WOBOE Vice President Terry Trigg-Scales, Councilwoman Susan McCartney, Councilman Jerry Guarino.)