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History of Timbuctoo, NJ: African American Enclave
June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Beginning in 1826, Timbuctoo was settled by formerly enslaved and free African Americans with the assistance of Quakers. African Americans bought land, as well as establishing institutions such as a school, a church, a cemetery, and a benevolent society. Guy Weston, whose ancestors purchased a parcel in Timbuctoo in 1829, will discuss the fascinating details of researching his family and their participation in this community that was an important stop on the Underground Railroad.
Guy Weston is a family historian and cultural heritage specialist. At present, he is a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University, and chairs an advisory committee established by Westampton Township to advise its governing body on historic preservation issues related to Timbuctoo.
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