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(Above to the left Norris Branham Lenni Lenape Rock Family Historian pictured with Chief Vincent Mann of the Ramapough Lenape Turtle Clan )

Monmouth County Freedom Story Series titled "Entwined" acknowledges the relationship between Native Americans & the African enslaved population of Monmouth County NJ. Mini-Documentary provides an intimate perspective of how 1st Nation North American people and enslaved Africans built relationships and families together in New Jersey.

(Pictured below Grandfather Leroy Rock of Sea Bright NJ World War I Veteran. Son of Mr. William Elijah Rock & Mrs. Bowles-Rock of Pine Brook NJ publishers of the historic Echo Newspaper est. 1904)

(Echo Newspaper was named after Leroy Rock's Grandmother Emma Schanck indigenous Lenni-Lenape name that meant "echo.")

When: Sunday, Nov. 14, 1:00--2:30 PM Where: Online via Zoom (details below) Learn the fascinating story, delivered in the oral history tradition, by Claire Garland (Cherokee) and Norris Branham (Leni-Lenape) about their lineage and heritage. Watch a short documentary focusing on this largely unknown story about the Native American people and the African enslaved population of Monmouth County dating from the 1600s. After the 20-minute film, there will be ample opportunity for dialogue. (At least one of the principles in the film is expected to join us.) Looking forward to your attendance!

(Below a picture of Double Runner Black Feet (aka Black Foot) Indian of the Black Feet Confederacy 1882 North America)

Sponsored event is by the Mission Commission of First Presbyterian Church of Matawan and the film's producer, the T. Thomas Fortune Center in Red Bank, NJ. ( Zoom details follow. No registration is necessary.

Meeting ID: 886 8400 5847 Passcode: 748510

Questions: Contact Joe Ritacco -

(Below Historic Richardson Family Portrait )


to the T.Thomas Fortune Cultural Center for receiving an award in regards to the film "Entwined" viewed today, from Matawan Presbyterian Church of NJ. Let's give Gilda Rodgers & the T. Thomas Fortune Crew a great big hand!

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