Every month is Black History Month! Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to hear author Ellen Alford reveal the proud history of abolition and the Underground Railroad in South Jersey. Miss Alford will present selections from her recently published book, Abolition and the Underground Railroad in South Jersey: Not Without a Fight, at Cumberland County Library on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. In her book, Ellen Alford reveals how slavery and the rights of Black Americans were at the forefront of the region’s attention. Abolitionists such as Harriet Tubman, Abigail Goodwin and Benjamin Sheppard operated among key landmarks of the Underground Railroad in South Jersey counties such as Cape May, Cumberland and Salem. Meanwhile, the proud 22nd Regiment of the United States Colored Troops included hundreds of Black New Jerseyans ready to fight for emancipation and the Union cause. Make sure to attend this program to find out all about this inspiring chapter in our region’s history! Registration is required to attend this program. To sign up, please call (856) 453-2210, Ext. 26104, or email: email@example.com
Families of children and teens ages 8 and up are invited to celebrate Black History Month and learn about Jackie Ormes, the first published African-American cartoonist! We will read Holding Her Own: The Exceptional Life of Jackie Ormes by Traci N. Todd and illustrated by Shannon Wright, and create a comic, poem, or LEGO diorama focused on positive change. Registration is required. Please register by calling (856) 453-2210 Ext. 26105 or online here.