RED BANK, NJ: The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association in conjunction with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, has scheduled a public presentation of “Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a NJ Slave in 1784.”

Enslaved woman Wench Betty was murdered in 1784 and the subsequent court proceedings for her murder were held that year. 

The presentation will reveal powerful Revolutionary War ideas of freedom and liberty at a time when slavery still existed in New Jersey.

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The program will be narrated by Sue Kozel using court documents, coroner’s reports, and slaveowners’ records to enhance her presentation.

Kozel teaches at Kean University and has been designated as a Public Scholar by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  She has co-edited a book on Quakers and abolition, and published numerous works on Black freedom, abolitionism, and American and New Jersey History.

When: Wednesday, March 17

Time: 7:30pm via a ZOOM Meeting

Registration: to register, click HERE.   

After registration, you will receive an email with the Zoom link a few hours before the presentation start time.