Feb. 19-If These Stones could talk – author talk
February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The program will be on February 19th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room.
Cemeteries have stories to tell. Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills found many stories behind the headstones in the Stoutsburg Cemetery, which is in New Jersey’s Sourland Mountain Region. Offering a unique window into our past, the stories you will hear, collected with diligence and devotion, consecrate the collected lives of a minority Black community in a predominantly White region.
Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills are the founders of Friday Truehart Consultants, named after Beverly’s 4th great-grandfather who was brought to Hopewell from Charleston in the 18th century by his master, Reverend Oliver Hart. His is one of the stories in the book. Both women work closely with K-12 educators from school systems interested in including African American history in their lesson plans and curriculum. They are founding members who serve on the Advisory Board of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, have been Trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association for the past 35 years, and are members of the National Council of Negro Women and the Sankofa Collaborative, a resource that will ensure that material and resources relating to African American history will be readily accessible statewide to a broader and more diverse audience. Beverly Mills is the first African American woman to hold the elected position as Councilwoman, Pennington Borough, and Elaine Buck is Church Clerk for the Second Calvary Baptist Church of Hopewell, NJ.
Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at email@example.com or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.