Grant Award: $30,000 (2007) Grant Recipient: Camden County Board of Freeholders County: CamdenMunicipality: Lawnside, Camden, Haddonfield, Cherry Hill
The grant helped fund the research, preparation and marketing of a themed audio tour about Camden County sites that are associated with the history of the Underground Railroad in New Jersey. The tour materials are available as podcasts for listening and downloading.
Three of the featured sites (the Peter Mott House, Macedonia AME Church and Croft Farm) are Underground Railroad stations. Mount Peace Cemetery, established 1902, is the first regional non-sectarian black burial ground in Camden County and resting place to many African American War veterans, including a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. Haddonfield, founded with a strong Quaker citizenship, historically guaranteed a strong, public abolitionist attitude in the County. Together, the five sites tell a compelling story of Camden County's role in helping runaway slaves to freedom and providing a safe environment for those freed blacks who chose to settle in the region.
Listen to the audio tour: