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"Stories Of Slavery In NJ by Rick Geffkin

The genius of NJ Historian Professor Rick Geffkin and Dr. Walter Greason of Monmouth University has presented the public with a must-read document. "Stories of Slavery in NJ" is a book that will provide a better understanding for contemporary Black citizens to be okay with their 1st Nation lineage and so much more. The publication will also help readers better understand the hostility focused on Black citizens in NJ and why. Professor Geffkin have allotted the public with a mighty tool of empowerment through knowledge. Below is the for note and contact information to order book plus guest appearances per author, NJ Historian, and Professor, Rick Geffken.

Kindly, Karen Brittingham-Edmond Publisher of Echo News TV. Oct 5, 2020, Enjoy!

"I'm pleased to announce The History Press publication of Stories of Slavery in New Jersey. Readers will be fascinated and probably surprised to learn that New Jersey was, in 1866, the last northern state to abolish slavery. Why? Among other reasons: Slavery was “baked into” New Jersey from its very beginnings. In the 1664-65 Concession and Agreement of the Lords Proprietors of the Province of New Caesarea, or New Jersey, Lord John Berkeley and Sir George Carteret granted prospective colonists 75 acres of land “for every weaker servant, or slave, male or female, exceeding the age of fourteen years, which any one shall send or carry, arriving there.” Meant to jump start a new agricultural community, this provision of one of New Jersey’s founding documents nonetheless made chattel slavery foundational."

A little about Rick,

"Rick has spoken about Monmouth County historical topics at dozens of historical societies. He has been a featured speaker at the Trent House Museum, the Quaker Meeting of Shrewsbury, the Battleground Historical Society, and other organizations. He is the President and a Trustee of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House.

Rick retired from a career as a sales executive for Hewlett-Packard where he spent most of his computer industry career.  Previously, he owned and operated several small businesses and taught secondary school mathematics earlier in his career. He was an Adjunct Professor at Ocean County Community College in the Physical Education Department.

A retired U.S. Army officer and Viet Nam veteran, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Peter’s University, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Monmouth University, and a Master’s Degree from Montclair State University."


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