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List of Featured Historians & Reenactors Interviews:

Much of what you are reading in this website is based on the excellent work of many fine historians, educators, researchers, cultural experts. In this section, you will be able to learn more about the background, work and philosophy of our featured resources. We thank each of these experts for helping to keep American History alive.

Meet Our Historians:

Joseph G. Bilby (Video)
Historian and Writer
Well Township, New Jersey
Joseph Bilby, who has taught military history at Ocean County College in New Jersey, is the author of over 100 articles on military and New Jersey history, including Three Rousing Cheers: A History of the 15th New Jersey Infantry from Flemington to Appomattox. He is also a contributing editor for Military Images Magazine, a columnist for the Civil War News, a member of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield and the North-South Skirmish Association and a lecturer on the topic of African-American Civil War soldiers. He has B. A. and M. A. degrees in history from Seton Hall University. He also served as a lieutenant with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.

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Charles L. Blockson, Ph.D. (Video)
Creator, The Charles L. Blockson Collection
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Historian, lecturer and author Dr. Charles Blockson has traced the network of forests, paths and safe houses (stations) that guided tens of thousands of American Black people from slavery to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Dr. Blockson work has reminded us that slaves did not sit passively waiting to be led out of freedom. He shows us that Black courage and perseverance, along with sympathetic help of White Americans brought many men, women and children out of bondage. He has done more than 25 years of research on the subject, including an article called Escape from Slavery: The Underground Railroad, published in National Geographic Magazine (July 1984). He was also selected as the chairperson of the magazine advisory committee to examine the historical significance of various sites, covering 20 states and territories and including links to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Alan Hogate Cooper, Ph. D. (Video)
Teacher, Lecturer
Long Valley, New Jersey
Dr. Alan Hogate Cooper teaches Latin, anthropology, psychology and 20th century history at the Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, New Jersey. An archaeologist, Dr. Cooper has excavated in Greece, Italy (Cosa), and Cyprus (Salamis). In the United States, he has participated in and directed excavations in West Virginia, Connecticut and New Jersey. Working with the Somerset County Park Commission, he has led public archaeology programs at the Lord Sterling Manor site and the Lenape Meadow in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

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Rev. Hilda Covington (Video)
Pastor, Lecturer and Counselor
Burlington, New Jersey
Reverend Hilda Covington, who is a researcher in the field of African-American studies, also provides support services and counseling to young women in need of help in the Burlington,
New Jersey area.

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Chief Roy Crazy Horse (Video)
Historian
Powhatan-Lenape Nation
Rancocas, New Jersey
Chief Roy Crazy Horse is a lecturer on the history of the Leni-Lenape Indians in New Jersey. These great Lenape linguistic groups have an unbroken history of thousands of years of settlement across New Jersey. .

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Charles F. Cummings (Video/Deceased)
Researcher, Special Collections
The Newark Public Library
Newark, New Jersey
Charles F. Cummings is a researcher in the special collections department of the Newark Public Library in downtown Newark, New Jersey. He serves as a guide to historical sites in the city.

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Glenn Cunningham (Video/Deceased)
Mayor, Historian and Lecturer
Jersey City, New Jersey
In addition to serving as the first African-American Mayor of his hometown, Jersey City, New Jersey, Glenn Cunningham has spent years tracing the history of Blacks in the Hudson County community from the 1640s to the end of the 19th century.

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Rev. William S. Davis, Jr. (Video)
Pastor
Second Calvary Baptist Church
Hopewell, New Jersey
Reverend William S. Davis, Jr. is pastor of the Second Calvary Baptist Church in Hopewell, New Jersey, and a noted lecturer on African-American history.

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Richard B. Dickenson (Video)
Historian
Borough of Staten Island
County of Richmond
Staten Island, New York
Korean War veteran Richard Dickenson is a researcher, lecturer and historian for the Borough of Staten Island, New York, a tour guide for the City of New York, and a writer. He has a master degree in Community Leadership and Development from Springfield College in Massachusetts, did graduate studies in town and country planning at the London School of Economics, England, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Michigan State University. He has served as president of the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries on Staten Island and a trustee of the Preservation League of Staten Island and is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, New York State Cemeteries Vandalism Advisory Board, and many other civic and historic organizations, including the NAACP.
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Raymond G. Dobard, Ph. D. (Video)
Historian, Quilter
Washington, D.C.
Raymond Dobard, who teaches at Howard University in Washington, D.C., is an author, lecturer and historian on African-American studies and the art of quilt making.

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James Driscoll (Video)
Historian
Queens Historical Society
Flushing, New York
James Driscoll, a lecturer, researcher and historian, focuses on African-American history in the Flushing Queens, New York area.

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Allan P. Duncan (Video)
Historian
Somerville, New Jersey
Allan P. Duncan has written a great deal of literature on African-American history and Black cemeteries.
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Larry G. Earl (Video)
Guest Services Specialist
Museum of African American History
Detroit, MI
Larry Earl is guest services specialist, lecturer and historian at the Detroit Museum of African American History. He was director at Historic Hudson Valley in Tarrytown, New York, and a lecturer and reenactor at Phillipsburg Manor focusing on African-American history.
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Annette Mark Ellis, Ph.D. (Video)
Historian and Lecturer
Staten Island, New York
A lecturer, historian and writer, Annette Mark Ellis is a specialist in the history of African Americans in the Richmond section of Staten Island, New York, including the historic Sandy Ground area. She has 20 years of teaching experience, with 12 of those years as a college professor at CUNY. She holds a doctorate degree from CUNY, an M.A. in history from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in history from Barnard College, all in New York. While working as a New York correspondent for the St. Maarten Guardian, a leading Caribbean newspaper, Dr. Ellis wrote several articles on African-American history and the history of Blacks in the Caribbean, and is author of The African American Presence on Staten Island. She worked closely with Antelope Valley College for six years, managing its Black History Month activities and developing courses such as The History of Latin America and the Caribbean. She also lectures on a variety of historical topics dealing with women, disadvantaged groups, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.

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William T. Fidurski (Video)
Historian and Trustee
The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
Clark, New Jersey
Historian William Fidurske, a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, completed additional studies at Columbia University and Cornell University in New York, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He served in the civilian military during the Vietnam War, and later spent two decades as a federal agent before retiring. Fidurske specializes in the early history of the Stars and Stripes and the New Jersey campaign of 1777. He has been involved in historic preservation efforts such as Vass Farmstead in Hardwick Township, Mount Farm in West Windsor and the Victorian row houses along Essex Street in the Paulus Hook Historic District in Jersey City. He was instrumental in the successful effort to achieve historic registry for Homestead Farm at Oak Ridge, a colonial, Revolutionary War and abolitionist site that today stands across both Middlesex and Union counties as the Oak Ridge Golf Club. He is currently investigating the role of the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad in Central New Jersey.
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Scott Foster (Video)
Church Historian
Lamington Presbyterian Church
Bedminster, New Jersey

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Rev. Nicholas Genevieve-Tweed (Video)
Pastor and Lecturer
Macedonia A.M.E. Church
Flushing, New York
Reverend Nicholas Genevieve-Tweed, a researcher in the field of African-American studies and a vocal and viable force in the community, is pastor of the historic Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church in Flushing, Queens, New York. Born in London, England, Reverend Genevieve-Tweed came to the United States to attend seminary after graduating with honors in philosophy and social theory from Middlesex University in London. He attended the Turner Theological Institute at the International Theological College in Atlanta, then went on to pursue his doctorate in systematic theology at Boston University. He has pastored at several historic churches, including Bethel A.M.E. in Atlanta and Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. (Video)
Senior Pastor
Second Baptist Church
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., is the senior pastor of the historic Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 125 members to more than 7,000. This vibrant ministry has expanded to two locations of worship, both in the inner city: The Cathedral Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, and the Cathedral Assembly by the Shore in Asbury Park, also in New Jersey. The 50 ministries in these churches reach out to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Dr. Hilliard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern College, St. David, Pennsylvania, a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a doctorate of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminar, Dayton, Ohio, where he was a Dr. Samuel D. Proctor Fellow.
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Dr. Gary J. Hunter (Video/Deceased)
Associate Professor
Department of History
Rowan University
Rowan, New Jersey
Dr. Gary Hunter is an historian, author and lecturer specializing in African-American studies and global African affairs. Dr. Hunter holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1977), master degrees in history from the University of Michigan and Atlanta University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lincoln University.

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William Loren Katz (Video)
Historian, Author
New York, New York
Historian and lecturer William Loren Katz has authored several well-known books on African studies, including “A Living Documentary of the African Americans Contribution to American History, Black People Who Made the Old West, Breaking the Chains: African-American Slave Resistance, The Black West: A Pictorial History, Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage, An Album of the Civil War, An Album of the Reconstruction, A History of Black Studies Resources, A Guide to Black Studies Resources, Five Slave Narratives and The Teachers Guide to American Negro History.

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June O. Kennedy (Video)
Historian
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
June Kennedy is an historian and lecturer on the Township of Morristown, Basking Ridge, and Lamington area.
She is the author of Around and About Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner and Lyons: A Pictorial History of the Area and A Brief History of Bernard Township. Kennedy has written about the Maple Avenue School, Bernard Township Municipal Building and the Washington House/Store Restaurant, all in Basking Ridge. She also has chaired a number of historic projects in Bernard Township and conducts a summer history camp for elementary school students at the Brick Academy, an 1809 federal school that now serves as the headquarters of the Historical Society of Somerset Hills. Kennedy was a staff member of the Bergen Evening Record (now the Bergen Record) and was a contributing writer of Past and Promise, Lives of New Jersey Women; the 1990 Women Project of New Jersey; and Her Subject Mary Alexander, Mother of Lord Sterling.

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Frederick B. Laverpool, Sr. (Video)
President
Braggin About Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York
Frederick Laverpool is president of Braggin About Brooklyn, which highlights the areas African-American historical and cultural sights and enlightens tourists and the community about the many contributions African Americans have made in the development of Brooklyn in particular and America at large. The company numbers among its clients several districts of the New York City Board of Education. . Laverpool has been featured in periodicals and newspaper articles, as well as on television and radio. He is a favorite on the lecture circuit regarding the history and culture of African Americans. He also is the recipient of several awards, most notably the Brooklyn History Award for 2000, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of Commerce Tourism Industry. Laverpool has a degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a certificate in labor relations studies.

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Kathleen Lindsey (Video)
Historian, Quilter, Singer and Storyteller
Clayton, New Jersey
Kathleen Lindsey is an African-American historian who uniquely combines her talents of quilting and storytelling in theatrical appearances throughout the East Coast, bringing awareness and understanding to all nationalities. She served as president of a local quilting guild and began teaching quilting in craft stores, libraries, schools, churches and community centers. Quilting took on a new perspective when she was featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, January 1966. Her ancestors, particularly her grandmother, had created diaries on quilts to depict special events in their lives. Lindsey continues that legacy. Her knowledge and interest in African-American history has spawned a successful stage presentation called A Stitch in Time, that been televised on various cable stations and a nationally known documentary program called Visions.
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Joan Maynard (Video)
Historian
Weeksville Historical Society
Brooklyn, New York
Head of the Weeksville Historical Society in Brooklyn, New York
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Ron McGree (Video)
Historian
Brookdale Community College

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Frederick Minus (Video)
Civil War Reenactor
Trenton, New Jersey
A lecturer and reenactor of the Civil War soldier, Frederick Minus is a descendant of two Civil War soldiers, Henry Minus and Charles Rixon. He is one of six members in the newly formed Living History Unit, the 3rd United States Colored Infantry (USCI). He frequently lectures about the exploits of the 22nd U.S. Colored Infantry.

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Earl Morgan (Video)
Historian and Writer
Jersey City, New Jersey
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Mark Nonestied (Video)
Historian
East Brunswick Museum
East Brunswick, New Jersey
Mark Nonestied is president of the Board of Trustees for the East Brunswick Museum Corporation. The East Brunswick Museum, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the township local history, maintains a fine collection of artifacts and documents from East Brunswick past. In serving the museum for more than 15 years, Nonestied has acquired a vast knowledge of local history. He is also the author of the East Brunswick section of The Images of America Series published by Arcadia Press.

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Shirley T. Parham (Video)
Historian
Historic Germantown, PA

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Richard L. Porter (Video)
Historian
Hopewell, New Jersey
Richard Porter, who serves as supervisor of the Cultural Resource Unit within the Environmental Department, is a lecturer, historian and writer on American history, including African-American history. He also is proficient in historical archaeology and architectural history and regularly lends his technical expertise to historical research, archaeology, and report writing and production. Porter also serves as a tour guide for the Hopewell-Pennington area. He holds a master degree in American history from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a bachelor degree in history from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Clement Alexander Price (Video)
Historian and Lecturer
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey
A renowned researcher, lecturer, historian and author, Dr. Clement Price is professor of history and director of The Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University Newark campus. His courses span American history, including the Redevelopment of the United States, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Black Experience in Western Civilization, History of the Civil Rights Movement, and 20th Century Black Modernism. He is the author of many books and articles on African-American history, including the books, Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey, and Many Voices, Many Opportunities: Cultural Pluralism and American Arts Policy. Dr. Price serves as the chief historical consultant for the Jewish Museum 1992 exhibition, Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews, and for the 1998 award-winning documentary entitled, Chanceman Brothers & Sisters: The Origins of the 20th Century Morris County Black Community. Dr. Price, a native of Washington, D.C., received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He has served as a visiting professor at Princeton University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
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Dr. Qaaim Saalik (Video)
Historian, Lecturer, Photographer
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Dr. Qaaim Saalik main field of study is African-American history. His father is Captain Terry, a member of the famed Tuskegee Air Men of World War II.
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Albert G. Shorts, Jr. (Video)
Professor
Department of English, Fine Arts and Modern Languages
Union County College
Cranford, New Jersey
Albert Shorts, Jr. specializes in English and speech communications, as well as the exploration and presentation of traditional folk ballads, narratives and language as historical lore.

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Dorerty Stanford (Video)
Historian, Lecturer
Somerville, New Jersey
Dorerty Stanford is an historian and lecturer specializing in the history of the Somerset County area also serves as a tour guide to the many historic points of interest in the area.

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Clinton E. Taylor (Video)
Historian and Teacher
Elizabeth High School
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Clinton E. Taylor is the chairperson of the social studies department and teaches African-American studies and United States history at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He has been cited on numerous occasions for outstanding teaching and has served as a consultant to many educational institutions. He has been named Teacher of the Year (1998) and recognized for Outstanding Service by the Governor Teacher Recognition Program (1999). Taylor is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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Brian P. Toal (Video)
Political Consultant and Historic Researcher
Clark, New Jersey
Brian Toal conducts political, corporate, legal and historic research for projects, focusing on historic preservation of the history of Clark, New Jersey. He has served as the municipal historian of the Township of Clark and chaired the Historic Trust Commission of the Historic Preservation Commission there. He is the author of Let Us Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of The Township of Clark and From Exit 135: A History of the Township of Clark, NJ (Rutgers University Press, 2003). Toal served as coordinator of the archaeological dig and historic investigation of An Underground Railroad Site: The Petersen House, Clark, NJ 1999. He has a bachelor degree in history and an M.B.A. of history from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Park, New Jersey.

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Walter Silent Wolf Van Dunk (Video)
Powhatan-Lenape Nation
Rancocas, New Jersey
Lecturer on Leni-Leanape Indian in New Jersey. The great Lenape Linguistic group has an unbroken history of thousands of years of settlement along the New Jersey area.

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Gordon R. Vincent, Ph.D. (Video/Deceased)
Historian, Reenactor of President Abraham Lincoln
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Dr. Gordon Vincent, and historian-storyteller, performed as President Abraham Lincoln for historical societies, genealogy societies, women clubs, civic organizations, Civil War roundtables, and Republican clubs. He has appeared at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, as well as parades (riding in the Lincoln coach), on radio (NPR) and television, and at Civil War reenactment and living history events with the New Jersey 3RD Volunteers. Here, as Lincoln, he reviews the troops. Dr. Vincent serves as secretary of the Association of Lincoln Presenters. In the early 50s, after completing his graduate studies there, he joined the faculty at the University of Oregon Dental School. In 1971, he became associate dean of the New Jersey Dental School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, and from 1973 to 1991 served as professor and department chairman there. After retiring, he joined the UMDNJ faculty as a volunteer.
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Richard S. Walling (Video)
Historian
East Brunswick Historic Preservation Commission
East Brunswick Township, New Jersey
Richard Walling serves as a preservation planner in the New Jersey and New York East Brunswick Historic Preservation Commission in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. He also is a member of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield. Among his many published works are: Men of Color at the Battle of Monmouth; The German Immigrant Experience in East Brunswick; Jewish Soldiers of the Revolution; Patriots Blood: The Story of the Indian (INDIA?) Company of 1778 & Its Destruction; and The African-American Experience in Western Monmouth County. He has served as editor or author of numerous newsletters, journals, articles and brochures for organizations such as the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the NJ Historical Commission. Among Waller awards are: 1992 , Oliver Cromwell Black History Society; 1993 Sons of the American Revolution, 1996 Teacher of the Year; 1999 Volunteer of the Year, NJ State Park Service. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in community planning from Rutgers University and a master degree from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
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Charles Webster (Video)
Historian
Trenton, New Jersey

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Randall O. Westbrook, Ph.D. (Video)
Historian and Professor
The Peter Samartino School of Education
At Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, New Jersey
Dr. Randall O. Westbrook, a social commentator and educator, is a member of the clinical teaching faculty of The Peter Samartino School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey. An honors graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, with graduate degrees from Rutgers University in New Jersey, Dr. Westbrook has been cited for his scholarship and leadership at the local, state and national levels. His work presenting Black history to fellow church and community members has earned him international acclaim, including an appearance on the Paul Robinson, Here I Stand” program on the PBS acclaimed American Masters series. The Robinson biography premiered in 1999 on more than 500 PBS affiliated television stations across the United States. Dr. Westbrook is regularly called as an expert on issues such as college preparation, role models and education for minorities by The New York Times, The Hartford (CT) Courant, the Newark Star Ledger, WBLS (NY), WNTR (Morristown, NJ), NJ-101.5 Radio, as well as News 12 New Jersey, WGHP (Greensboro, North Carolina), WBTV (Charlotte, North Carolina) and others.
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Jacqueline J. Wiggins (Video)
Site Administrator
Johnson House Historic Site
Philadelphia, Penn.
Jacqueline Wiggins, an expert on the subject of African-American studies in Philadelphia, administers the historical site of the Johnson House. The Johnson House was an important stop on the Underground Railroad.)

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Sherrill D. Wilson, Ph. D. (Video)
Director
African Burial Ground Project
New York, New York
Urban anthropologist and lecturer Sherrill D. Wilson is creator and operator of Reclaim the Memories, and author of New York City African Slave Owners. She is a contributor to the 1995 Encyclopedia of New York History published by Yale University Press and the New York Historical Society. Dr. Wilson holds a doctorate degree and master degree from the New School for Social Research in New York City. (1991). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in Religious Studies. Her company, Reclaim the Memories, gives Black history tours of Old New York, including eight walking tours in Manhattan that highlight the achievements and contributions of Africans there in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
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Kati Beddow Brower (Video)
Performer and Storyteller
Matawan, New Jersey
Performance artist Kati Beddow Brower took her theatrical training at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Lee Strasberg Institute, and HB Studios. She written, directed and produced plays in local theaters. Brower also is a blues and jazz vocalist with recording experience and performances in California, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. Brower is a member of the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation, the Northern Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce, the Matawan Historical Society, a board member at the First Avenue Playhouse and a member of the National Women History Project.
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Diane Wran-Farris (Video)
Performer and Storyteller
Matawan, New Jersey
Diane Wran-Farris, an educational performance artist, holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in education. She has participated in many local theater performances as well as with the Performing Arts Center at Brookdale in Lincroft. She has been a member of the Dunbar Repertory Company and Cabaret for Life, both in Monmouth County, and belongs to various community and civic organizations such as the National Council of Negro Women and the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts (lifetime member)) and serves as a board member of World Trotters and of Brookdale Foundation Committee.
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Karen James (Video)
Historican
Administrative Officer
Division of History Bureau of Archives and History
United States Colored Troops Restoration Project (2001-2002) Catherine Harris Monument Committee (Jamestown, New York) 2002 Erie County Historical Society and Museum Permanent Exhibit on African Americans in Erie History (2001) African American Sailors PHMC Historic Marker Project, Biographies, Honor Roll (1997-2002) Harborcreek Historical Society, Restoration of Gospel Hill Burial Grounds (1996) Harry T. Burleigh Black Music conference, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2001-2002) Underground Railroad Symposiums, Erie Maritime Museum (2000-2001) Northwestern Pennsylvania Freedom Institute (2000-2001) First Families Project, Erie, PA (1995) PHMC 17th Conference on Black History (Underground Railroad Workshop) 1994 Responsibilities included securing speakers, organizing community support, working with the media to promote events, assisting in grant planning, and assisting in crating coalitions within heritage organizations to strengthen and add diversity to events and programs. PUBLICATIONS: Finding the History Among Us,  Journey from Jerusalem: An Illustrated Introduction to Erie African American History, 1795-1995. Sarah S. Thompson. Erie, Pennsylvania 1996 Digging Up Bones: African Americans in Erie, 1800 to 1830, with Sarah S. Thompson. Journal of Erie Studies (Spring, 1994) Timeline, Harry T. Burleigh Web Site. Harry T. Burleigh Society. (2002) http://www.burleighsociety.org. The Logan Family, Slavery in Pennsylvania. http://www.afrolumens.org/slavery The Underground Railroad, St. James A.M.E. Church History http://www.stjamesamec.org PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: Black History Advisory Board, PHMC (1997-2002) Erie County Historical Society & Museums Board of Director (1996-1998) Erie Times News Advisory Committee (2001-2002) Daughters of the War of 1812 Tombstone Program Erie County Coordinator AfriGeneas Genealogy Web Site AWARDS: Ebony Excellence Award: Women of the Year, 1998. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

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Joe Ragsdale (Video)
Historican
Private Collector of slave Artifacts
Philadelphia, PA.
His traveling exhibit of authentic slave items.
He brings his collection to schools, churches family reunions, social community groups, conferences, conventions, etc. Joe Ragsdale compelling collection is an excellent teaching tool for a tragic period in American history, presented in a thoughtful and sensitive manner.
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Dr. Sarah Ducksworth (Video)
Professor
Kean University
Union, New Jersey
Professor of English (since 1997) Ed.D. in English Education, Rutgers University, NJ 1988 M.A. in Reading, Montclair State College, NJ 1979 24 Graduate Credits in American and British Literature, State University of New York a Stony Brook, NY, 1965-1966, B.A. summa cum laude in English Literature, Tougaloo College, MS, 1965, 15 Humanities Credits as Exchange Honors Student at Oberlin College, OH, 1965, Textbook Editing, Silver Burdett and Ginn, 6 week course, May-June 1988. Awarded New Jersey Council for the Humanities Mini-Grant to launch the North Star Literary Society with dramatic presentations of “Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass” featuring Fred Morsell and “Harriet Tubman, A Faith Journey” featuring Darlene B. Young, spring 2005 Awarded a Union County Humanities Grant under its History Program to produce a series of programs entitled A Centennial Celebration of the Souls of Black Folk and W. E. B. DuBois, fall 2003 Participating Scholar in the Kansas University National Poetry Project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, fall 2003-fall 2004 Awarded New Jersey Council for the Humanities Mini-Grant to produce a series of programs entitled “A Centennial Celebration of Langston Hughes, fall 2002 Awarded a Union County HEART Grant as supplemental funding for the series entitled A Centennial Celebration of Langston Hughes, fall 2002 40th Reunion Speaker for Alumni of Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, July 2001.

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