In the 18th and 19th centuries, Blacks in Newark resisted slavery, advocated for abolitionism and assisted others in their quest for freedom. In this program, James Amemasor — research specialist at the New Jersey Historical Society — will discuss how enslaved people in Newark sought freedom during and after the American Revolution, and the efforts of their enslavers to track them down. Noelle Lorraine Williams — director of the African American History Program at the New Jersey Historical Commission — will reveal how Black churches and residents of pre-Civil War Newark fought slavery and assisted freedom seekers via the Underground Railroad.

This event will be held at Newark Public Library. 

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