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Talk by authors of book on African Americans in Sourland region set

The Hunterdon County Historical Society presents “‘A Proud Heritage,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Flemington Presbyterian Church, 10 E. Main St., Flemington, N.J.

The lecture explores the history of African Americans in the Sourland Mountain Region of New Jersey that was almost lost to time.

As research partners, Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills co-authored the book, “If These Stones Could Talk” (2018), based on over a decade’s worth of research on the contribution of African Americans who lived in this region.

It was through this research that Mills has been able to trace her ancestry to African Americans who were enslaved in Hopewell Township prior to the Revolutionary War.

Buck and Mills are founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and serve on the Advisory Board. Both are trustees of the historic Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, which is a cemetery for people of African descent located in Hopewell, N.J. Both women have served as consultants for schools, museums and historic sites to better interpret African American history.

The illustrated lecture will last approximately 45 minutes and be followed by questions. Copies of the book will be for sale. The spring membership meeting and lecture is open to the public; no registration required. Information is available at