Genealogical Society to Host Informative Program on Black Settlements of Salem County and the Underground Railroad

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By: SNJ Today Staff

Photo courtesy of The Genealogical Society of Salem County.

WOODSTOWN, N.J. – The Genealogical Society of Salem County will host a program titled “The Black Settlements of Salem County and the Underground Railroad” presented by Janet Sheridan on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Friends Village Auditorium located at 1 Friends Drive in Woodstown.

Janet Sheridan is a cultural landscape historian based in Salem County with 30 years of experience in preservation activism, restoration architecture and project management, cultural resource survey, National Register listings, and historic building documentation. A qualified preservation professional, she has earned a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation at the University of Delaware.  Her research topics include colonial timber frame architecture, African American sites, and farmsteads in southern New Jersey.

Her presentation “The Black Settlements of Salem County and the Underground Railroad” will discuss the role of African Americans and their settlements in southwestern New Jersey in aiding freedom seekers before the Civil War. Through the lens of geography, she refines the historically understood map of routes through the region.

Photo courtesy of The Genealogical Society of Salem County.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more info, visit www.gsscnj.org, contact genealogicalsocietysalemcounty@gmail.com, or call 609-670-0407.



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