African American history is American history.
This tour explores an often-untold story of the African American presence in and contributions to the Sourland Mountain and surrounding region. By looking through the lens of the Black community, descended from enslaved and free people, viewers will gain a better understanding of this slice of local New Jersey history, which casts a fresh light on this forgotten corner of the American story.
This project was supported by a COVID-19 response grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act.
Our sincere appreciation goes out to the creators of the tour, Jason Buck and Hillsborough High School senior Akindu Dasanayake, for applying their many skills and talents to this project. SSAAM’s founders, Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, narrate this beautiful journey through African American history in the Sourland Mountain Region.