EDISON, NJ – The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission invites you to learn about the history of slavery in Middlesex County.

This lecture will be presented by Graham Russell Hodges, the George Dorland Langdon, Jr., Professor of History and Africana & Latin American Studies at Colgate University. He is also the author of two published works on slavery in central New Jersey: “Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County 1665-1865” and “Root and Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863.”

“The history of New Jersey and our region in particular is extremely rich,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “Unfortunately there are chapters that are painful to all of us as Americans. It is important, that we are not only aware of these chapters, but that we learn from these past mistakes and strive towards a better future.”

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The program is free but registration is required.

The lecture is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in Crabiel Hall at Middlesex County College located at 2600 Woodbridge Ave. in Edison.

For more information and to register, please call 732-745-4489. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service.

Crabiel Hall is a fully accessible site. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. An American Sign Language interpreter is available with a two-week advance request.

Programs are funded in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.