Tonight’s Lecture on Local African American Contribution – POSTPONED to 3/05

Posted on February 12, 2019

Postponed due to the inclement weather forecast for this evening ….

February 12th MARCH 5 at  7 PM, One Montgomery, Montgomery Mosaic, and Van Harlingen Historical Society are honored to have a very special presentation entitled, “A Proud Heritage: The African American Contribution to the Sourland Mountain and Surrounding Region,” by speakers Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills.  This will be held in the downstairs municipal courtroom of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.

Learn about the African American presence from this region dating back to colonial times that has been left out of local history. Buck and Mills will highlight the accomplishments of prominent African Americans who served in the military and the agricultural contributions of African Americans working as slaves on the plantations in Hopewell Valley. They will discuss the work of African Americans in peach orchards, basket making factories, saw and grist mills, rock quarries and more. The founding and building of schools and churches as well as entrepreneurial businesses owned by African Americans will also be detailed. Through photographs, information from municipal manumission papers, site location maps and oral histories, Buck and Mills will illustrate that there is more than one single narrative in history. Copies of their new book, If These Stones Could Talk, will be available for purchase.

One Montgomery is a mayoral adhoc committee of Montgomery Township. Its goal is to build and promote a community that is proud, united and which looks out for its neighbors. The committee includes prominent civic, cultural and religious leaders of the Montgomery community, as well as the Mayor, Township Administrator and Police Captain, who act as discussion facilitators. It raises awareness of cultural events, appreciation of diversity, and encourage civic engagement and volunteerism among the residents of Montgomery.

Montgomery Mosaic is a local affiliate of ‘Not in Our Town’ or NIOT, which is a national movement dedicated to overcoming prejudice and discrimination through dialogue and education. According to, “Not in Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.”

Van Harlingen Historical Society is Montgomery Township’s all-volunteer keeper of historical artifacts, papers and publications. They host and co-host historical presentations and events for the Community and maintain three historic building in town including the 1752 Gulick House as their headquarters.

Source: Montgomery Township Administration