New-York Historical Society — “Hidden Sites of Slavery & Freedom”
Cell phone tour:
A "walking talking tour of New York City.” Take along rare images from the New-York
Historical Society as you guide yourself along the “hidden sites of slavery & freedom.”
Lawnside Historic District
Clarence Still 856-546-8172
The Lawnside Historic District, located in the vicinity of White Horse Pike and Route 295,
is one of the few places in the United States founded as an all-African American community
and incorporated as a municipality.
Peter Mott House, Moore Ave and Gloucester Avenue
Clarence Still 856-546 -8172
Moore Avenue and Glouster Ave, Lawnside, New Jersey
Built around 1845 by Peter Mott, an early Black landowner and pastor of Mount Pisgah AME church in Lawnside, this home was used by Mott and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Thomas Mott, to harbor escaped slaves in the years leading up to the Civil War. The house features an old trapdoor suggesting that the Motts hid runaways in their basement.
NJ Manual Training & Industrial School for Colored Youth
West Burlington Street, Bordentown
1954 Alumni, Betty Griffith-Hunter 732.364.2459
Once called the “Bordentown School” or the “Tuskegee of the North”, the school for African Americans was founded in 1886 by AME minister Rev. Walter Rice. The majority of the schools’ thirty -plus buildings were built by the students on its more than four hundred acres. It was a self sustaining institution, it consisted of a farm, auto shop, and seamstress department. The schools’ academic reputation for excellence attracted dignitaries from all over the world. One such scholar, Albert Einstein, offered scholarships to Bordentown’s brightest students. Listed on New Jersey ten most endangered historic sites. It is currently being used as a correctional institution for girls.
For more information please contact Mr. Medley, an alumnus and his wife Dr. Mildred Rice, the founder’s grand- daughter.
Jacob’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Elbo Lane (Route 612) near Moorestown- Mount Laurel Road
Tour Guide (609) 234-1728
This site contains two church buildings belonging to tone of the oldest African American congregations in the state. One of the buildings dates back to the congregation’s founding in 1813, making it possibly New Jersey’s oldest existing Black church building.
Mt Zion AME Church and Mt Zion Cemetery \ Small Gloucester, Woolrich Township
Tour Guide (609) 467-2992
Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was organized in 1799 under the guidance of Richard Allen founder of the AME church. The Church actively supported the Underground Railroad movement using its edifice as a station -Greenwich Line.
Richard Avenue School/ Masonic Hall
Tour Guide (609) 467-2992
The Richardson Avenue School, listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic places, was built as a Masonic Hall in 1931 by the Mount Lebanon lodge for a meeting place. The Swedesboro Board of Education leased the Masonic Hall as a “separate but equal school”
Paul Robeson’s Residence
13 Green street Princeton, New Jersey
This was Paul Robeson’s home from 1902 to 1907. It was in this house that Paul’s mother, in 1904, was severely burned in a fire and died shortly afterward. The Robeson’s moved to Westfield in 1907 where Paul’s father became the pastor of St. Luke’s AME Zion Church.
For additional information contact: Giles Wright, Director, Afro-American History Program
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