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Gloucester County Library System Honors Black History Month

WOODBURY, NJ Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Bill Krebs announced today that the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS) will be honoring the month of February as Black History Month with three educational events.

"Black History month highlights the significance of the struggles of African-Americans in American history. The Gloucester County Library System has put together a wonderful program in observance of this very important time." Sweeney said, "I encourage Gloucester County residents to come out and learn as much as they can about local and national history and culture," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.

The Glassboro branch of the GCLS will be hosting two of the events. Kathleen Lindsey, author of the children's book "Sweet Potato Pie," will visit the Glassboro branch on February 2 at 7:00 PM. Lindsey is a South Jersey author and African-American historian. "Sweet Potato Pie" is a story of family and entrepreneurship. In celebration of black history, Sweet Potato Pie will be read and children will actively participate with music, dancing, and a simple craft. Copies of Lindsey's book will be available for purchase. This event is for all ages.

Also at the Glassboro branch, William Carrigan will discuss his book, "Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas 1836-1913" on Monday, February 7 at 7pm. Using court records, newspaper accounts, oral histories, and other sources, Carrigan will show how conventional notions of justice and historical memory were reshaped to glorify violence and foster a culture that legitimized lynching. Dr. Carrigan is an assistant professor of History at Rowan University. He specializes in the history of violence in the United States. Copies of Carrigan's book will be available for purchase.

The Logan Township branch will be hosting an event titled "The Underground Railroad in New Jersey," on Monday, February 14 at 7:00 PM. The lecture and slide presentation will be presented by Lester Owens. The program includes photos of Underground Railroad stops throughout New Jersey, and information about New Jersey residents who participated, as well as those who work to preserve the sites today. Lester Owens, an instructor at Camden County College, has conducted this interesting and informative program at numerous historical societies, libraries and schools in South Jersey. Advance registration is requested, but not mandatory.

"The Underground Railroad was a route from slavery to freedom and several Gloucester County communities played an integral part in Americas history. I encourage everyone to take part in the Black History month events. This time commemorates the successes of African-Americans," stated Freeholder Krebs, liaison to the Gloucester County Library System.

The Glassboro branch is located at 2 Center Street in Glassboro. Residents can call 881-0001 for more information on their programs.

The Logan Township branch is located at 498 Beckett Road in Logan Township. Call 241-0202 for registration or more information.