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For over a decade Beverly Mills of Pennington and Elaine Buck of Hopewell have researched and traced the lives and contributions of enslaved and free African Americans living in the Sourland Mountain region back to the colonial era. 

Both are trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association and advisors to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Board (SSAAM).  

As news of their research reached the media Mills and Buck began receiving frequent invitations to speak about their research before schools, community groups, libraries and historical societies. They are joined at these presentations by Elaine’s husband, John Buck, President of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Board.  

As storytellers, Mills and Buck highlight the accomplishments of prominent African Americans who served in the military, and the agricultural contributions made working on farms in Hopewell Valley. The presentation also discusses the work of African Americans in local peach orchards, basket making factories, saw and grist mills, rock quarries and more. 

Through photographs, information gathered from municipal manumission papers, site location maps and oral histories, Buck and Mills illustrate that there is more than one single narrative in local history.

Check the schedule for their next presentation.

Email Sharon.buck@verizon.net or
bmills72@verizon.net for more information.


Tunison Family, Pennington, NJ 1930s

A Proud Heritage

​Upcoming Lecture Dates

Thursday, February 8, 7 pm
Mercer County Library, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road 
Pennington, NJ 08534

Sunday, February 11, 3 pm
Pennington Public Library, 30 North Main Street
Pennington, NJ 08534

Tuesday, February. 13, 7 pm
Hillsborough Library, 379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough,NJ 08844