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Skills Developed by a Free Hunterdon County Black Man: 1754-1836

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local historian, Larry Kidder, shares the story of Jacob Francis, who was born free in Amwell Township, served as an indentured servant to age 21, served in the Continental Army – including the Battle of Trenton – and New Jersey militia, then established himself against all odds as a successful farmer. He interacted with many enslaved people, including the woman he married and set free, and helped his son develop skills to be an important abolitionist seeking not just an end to enslavement but also racial equality. Throughout his life, Jacob developed many physical and mental skills needed to overcome the racist obstacles that society placed in his path. The life of Jacob Francis and the family he created with his wife, Mary, richly illustrates how human beings often have to reach deeply and persistently to acquire and use important skills. Co-sponsored with Hopewell Valley Historical Society.Registration prior to event is required. Click here to register.  CONTACT: Hopewell Programming Staff  609-737-2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org



May 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm