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Rocks in the Garden: A Public History of Slavery in Morris County

In this presentation Mike Snyder will discuss the inspiration for his work and how he got started on this road of discovery. He will look at the various available sources and how he melded them into a two cohesive studies. This talk explores the interconnectivity of Morris County’s towns in relation to each other and the citizens who participated in enslavement. We will look at the slave owners and the enslaved, who they were, how they lived, how they were treated, the rifts slavery caused in the community, and the debate about slavery within the press. We will also explore how history is told, the marginalization of the enslaved, and the commemoration of slavery in the area. Mike Snyder, history professor, shifted his focus to the history of slavery in Morris County after taking classes with the late, great Dr. Clement Price and visionary public historian Dr. Lyra Monteiro. He completed a graduate paper “Inquire with the Printer: The Slavery Debate in Morris County, NJ 1776-1864” in 2016 and his Master’s Essay “The Enslaved Slept Here Too: A Public History of Slavery in Morris County” in 2017. He is currently teaching at Union County College as an Adjunct Professor in the History Department.

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Event Date 02-26-2020 7:00 pm
Location Riverdale Public Library
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