Local Authors Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck discuss their book African Americans of Central New Jersey: A History of Harmony and Hostility with the Pennington Public Library.
Through grit and determination, the founding Black families of Sourland Mountain and surrounding Central New Jersey put down roots, built homes, established churches, and navigated their lives in an unforgiving world. Tracing lineages to the colonial era, many of the families have origins obscured through time and distorted by race. Through extensive research and interviews authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills reveal stories of the families who shaped the region for generations.
About the Authors:
Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck are the founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and authors of If These Stones Could Talk. They proudly received the Kirkus Book Review in October 2018 and in 2019 the New Jersey Author’s Award Non-Fiction Popular Works Category. In 2020, they partnered with the Museum of the American Revolution for an exhibition titled When Women Lost the Vote. In 2021, they received the Doris C. Carpenter Award on behalf of Preservation New Jersey for their work on the March of America’s Diverse Army through New Jersey and the Solomon Northup Family Award for uplifting the memory of enslaved people. In June 2022, they appeared in the New Jersey PBS Special titled The Price of Silence, The Forgotten Story of New Jersey’s Enslaved People, produced by Truehart Productions.