A Proud Heritage: the African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Area

Featured in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian Magazine and various other newspaper articles and publications, authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills are known for their pioneering work in unveiling unknown stories about slavery in New Jersey and its long ignored African American narrative.

Based on more than a decade of research, Mills and Buck wrote, ‘If These Stones Could Talk” which was published in November of 2018.  This book, largely based on the African American presence and contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and surrounding area, the book also highlights their work as trustees on the Board of the historic Stoutsburg Cemetery Association and their discovery of United States Colored Troop Veterans buried there along with a commemorative marker for William Stives, a Revolutionary War veteran placed there by his fourth great-grandson.

So that the past can meet the present, Mills and Buck have co-founded the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) which is located just off Route 518 on Hollow Road in Skillman. SSAAM is the first African American museum in central New Jersey and focuses on educating patrons about the unique culture, experience, and contributions of the African American community, many of whom descended from those enslaved by White founding families from the region.

This special program is co-hosted by Plainfield Public Library and the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum.

This program is FREE and open to all Please register here:
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  1. Local History Dept.
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  3. localhistory@plfdpl.info
Sat, September 18
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Featured in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian Magazine and various other newspaper articles and publications, authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills are known for their pioneering work in unveiling unknown stories about slavery in New Jersey and its long ignored African American narrative.

Based on more than a decade of research, Mills and Buck wrote, ...

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