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Stories of Slavery In New Jersey – Book talk and signing with Rick Geffken
February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Many may be surprised at the revelation that New Jersey, in 1866, was the last northern state to abolish slavery. Dutch and English settlers brought the first enslaved people to New Jersey in the seventeenth century. By the time of the Revolutionary War, slavery was an established practice on labor-intensive farms throughout what became known as the Garden State.
Historian and author Rick Geffken reveals many largely unheard stories from New Jersey’s dark history of slavery in his book, Stories of Slavery in New Jersey. St. Peter’s University alumnus Geffken begins his book in the Dutch Village of Bergen, the first chartered municipality in what became New Jersey, now a part of Jersey City.
For more information and to register, please visit: https://jclibrary.libcal.com/event/10079907