Recorded Session: Memorializing African American History: Cemeteries, Monuments, and Markers
Recorded On: 10/11/2021
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This session will offer session attendees an overview of the challenges that protecting and restoring African American cemeteries, monuments, and markers face and present specific examples of how community efforts supported by local historians have preserved and created physical reminders of the richness of our collective past.
Chair: Linda Caldwell Epps, Ph.D. President and CEO at 1804 Consultants
Linda J. Caldwell Epps, Ph.D., is President and CEO of 1804 Consultants and a founding member of the Sankofa Collaborative. Through 1804 Consultants, founded in 2011, she has worked with many history and cultural institutions within New Jersey and nationally. Dr. Caldwell Epps has more than 45 years of experience working with educational and cultural institutions, including the New Jersey Historical Society, where she served as President and CEO, and the New Jersey Network Television and Radio, where she served as Vice President for Institutional Relations. She held various senior positions at Bloomfield College where she worked for 27 years.
Elaine Buck Co-Founder at Friday Truehart Consultants
Sharon Elaine Buck, who prefers to be called Elaine, is a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and a thirty-year Trustee for the historic Stoutsburg Cemetery for people of African descent in Hopewell, New Jersey. With Beverly Mills, Ms. Buck co-authored “If These Stones Could Talk,” based on a decade’s research on the contribution of African Americans who lived in the Sourland Mountain region and surrounding area. She was instrumental in founding the Sankofa Collaborative and is co-founder, with Beverly Mills, of Friday Truehart Consultants, working with K-12 teachers and staff on incorporating African American history into curricula.
Beverly Mills Co-founder at Friday Truehart Consultants
Beverly Mills is a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and a thirty-five-year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association. With Elaine Buck, she authored “If These Stones Could Talk.” Through the decade-long research she was able to trace her ancestry to African Americans who were enslaved in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, prior to the Revolutionary War. In 2017 she helped found the Sankofa Collaborative, an initiative created to ensure that information and resources on African American history are accessible statewide to a broader and more diverse audience. With Ms. Buck, is co-founder of Friday Truehart Consultants.
Shirley Satterfield President at Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society
Shirley Ann Satterfield is from a family that spans six generations in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in segregated Princeton. Researching and sharing the rich history of her church and the Princeton African American community is her passion. She created a walking tour of Princeton’s African American history, which highlights the lives and contributions of the many African American residents in the Colored section of the Princeton Cemetery. She was instrumental in making the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood a Historic District and founded the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society to continue preservation of that history.
RECORDED DATE: October 11, 2021
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