Celebrate Black History Month in South Jersey
Black History Month is a time to come together as a community, learn, and grow. Join us in celebrating this important month with these local events.
Sat, Feb 10, 12 – 3 PM
This community event is designed to provide an opportunity for both youth and adults to reflect on the African Diaspora through panel discussions, visual arts, and performance arts. It is a free event that aims to promote cultural awareness and appreciation.
Sat, Feb 10, 1 – 4 PM
The Borough of Lawnside is hosting a Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 10th from 1-4pm EST at the Wayne Bryant Community Center on East Charleston Avenue in Lawnside, NJ. This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the rich history and contributions of African Americans. The celebration will feature a variety of activities, including music, dance, and educational exhibits. All members of the community are welcome to attend this free event.
Sat, Feb 24, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
The Army Reserve Mobilization Museum was established in 2007. Its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the history of U.S. Army Reserve mobilization from 1776 to the present. Using period artifacts, along with accurate reproductions of uniforms, equipment, photographs, and documents, the chronologically arranged exhibits depict the mobilization, training, embarkation and demobilization that occurs whenSoldiers are called to defend the nation. Fort Dix serves as an example of these activities during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Fri, Feb 23, 6 – 9 PM
Enjoy a fun-filled evening of celebration and inspiration at the Black History Month Celebrity Night on Friday, February 23rd from 6-9pm. This event is open to students in grades K-6, who are encouraged to come dressed as someone they admire from black history. The evening will feature dinner, dancing, and a variety of fun activities designed to promote cultural awareness and appreciation. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn about the rich history and contributions of African Americans while having fun and making new friends. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!
February 9 · 8 – 11pm EST
The Wick + YBO Media are back with part two of “The Kickback” in honor of Black History Month. Celebrate our legacy with a trivia game, live entertainment and soul food dinner. Wear your Black-themed attire for the chance to win a prize. This is a BYOB event. We look forward to great fellowship and can’t wait to see you there!
From the early 1830s through the Civil War, this home on Market Street served as a beacon to enslaved African Americans escaping North, according to the New Jersey Historical Commission. This is where abolitionists Abigail and Elizabeth Goodwin, both Quaker abolitionists, led efforts to collect food, clothing, and financial donations to assist those escaping slavery along the Salem Line, as well as providing shelter in the home. In 2008, the Goodwin Sisters House was designated as the first site in New Jersey accepted into the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
Salem County, New Jersey, is in an area where free blacks lived alongside enslaved African Americans in the early 19th century, and it was close to the slave states during the Civil War. It was also home to one of the first Quaker settlements in America, a group that was known to assist freedom seekers. All this made Salem County an important station along the Underground Railroad. 7 Steps to Freedom tells stories about the struggle against slavery from different points of view, including a Quaker abolitionist, Civil War soldiers, a young African American girl who became a poet and a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Seven locations around Salem County are associated with these narratives and can be visited by following the maps found at this website. Journey in the footsteps of these people and listen to their stories by cell phone in the places they knew. Hear actors Lamont Dixon and Alexandra Ford bring to life the stories of a young poet, a slave catcher’s trial, an Underground Railroad conductor, a woman who set herself free, a great orator, and a Quaker abolitionist.
The Mount Zion AME Church, built in 1834, served as a hiding place for runaway slaves, with a trap door still present, according to the National Park Service. The church and adjoining cemetery, which dates back to 1861, are registered as Underground Railroad Historical Sites with the National Park Service. As the oldest African American church in Middlesex County, we strive to be agents of positive change for all people. It is our hope that you will soon join us in one of our powerful worship experiences.
Built in 1930 as a Masonic Hall, this building was leased in 1931 to establish the state’s last “separate but equal” school for African-American children. It is the only segregated school structure still standing in New Jersey. Since the school closed in 1942, the structure has served as an unofficial community center for Black residents in Swedesboro.