Slavery was not just a southern atrocity.

New Jersey, which has been called the “slave state of the North,” has deep ties to the institution of slavery and its aftermath. In fact, New Jersey was the last northern state to abolish slavery and by 1830, over two-thirds of enslaved people in the North lived in the Garden State.

Still, this history – our history – is not well known.

That’s why NJISJ partnered with FableVision Studios to create a video detailing New Jersey’s history with slavery, how it connects directly to today’s worst-in-the-country racial disparities and how we need to talk about reparations.

The video is narrated by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.