Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

African-American Revolutionary War Traveling Exhibit at Dey Mansion

a40f65c68d7e3b0405fc_passaic_county.jpg
Credits: County of Passaic
a40f65c68d7e3b0405fc_passaic_county.jpg

The Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs installed a traveling exhibit entitled “Oh Freedom! Blacks on the Battlefront and in the Aftermath of the American Revolutionary War in New Jersey” at the Dey Mansion Museum, in Wayne NJ. The exhibit, on loan from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Division of Parks and Forestry, spotlights African-Americans’ contributions on the battlefront during the American Revolution and their outcomes at the War’s end.

“While the history of the African-American struggle is a stain on our nation, it is important that we do not forget that history,” said Freeholder TJ Best. “I am grateful that the NJDEP loaned this important exhibit to our museum, and I am looking forward to our residents being able to learn more about the birth of our country.”

Blacks fought on both sides during the War, seeking personal freedom while many American colonists sought political freedom. Black soldiers comprised nearly 5,000 or 20 percent of American troops. On the British side, the number who served is estimated to approach 10,000. Blacks joined whichever side they believed offered them the best prospect of freedom.

Sign Up for E-News

The exhibit’s name “Oh Freedom!” captures the key reason blacks chose to serve: freedom from slavery and oppression. The exhibit’s three double-sided panels feature details about both British Loyalist and American Rebel freedom fighters and references authentic documents from the New Jersey State Library and Archives and other sources.

The traveling exhibit will be on display at the Dey Mansion Museum through July 2018 and will move to the Passaic County Courthouse Rotunda in Paterson, NJ for the months of August and September 2018.

For more information about the Oh! Freedom exhibit, visit www.njparksandforests.org
For more information about the Dey Mansion Museum, visit www.deymansion.org

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Hawthorne

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Encourages Family Fun with Online Fishing Tournament

July 17, 2018

MILLBURN — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to cast their lines and reel in some quality time this summer as part of the fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held from July 27 to August 5 as a way to encourage families to enjoy a day of fishing, while giving family members an ...

Police Blotter - July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

Case: 18-19258

Date:  7/10/2018

Incident Title: Suspicious vehicle / possession of prescription drugs / syringe.

Suspect information:

Samia Souza 27 y/o female Ridgefield NJ

Peter Khanjian 26 y/o male Hawthorne NJ

Vehicle information: Tan 2004 Cadillac

Description of incident: Officers dispatched to area of 766 Lafayette Ave for suspicious vehicle occupied by 2 people.

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2f36b58b33dfcc6ae878_mini_magick20180501-86519-a2qs4y

Thu, July 19, 7:00 PM

North Haledon Free Public Library, North Haledon

Chair Yoga with Gianna Wozney

Community Calendar Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_2f36b58b33dfcc6ae878_mini_magick20180501-86519-a2qs4y

Thu, July 26, 7:00 PM

North Haledon Free Public Library, North Haledon

Chair Yoga with Gianna Wozney

Community Calendar Health & Wellness