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“Open the Door, I’ll Get It Myself:” The Great Migration to New Jersey

New Jersey’s African American population multiplied during what is known as the Great Migration in the early decades of the 20th century. A leading history scholar and acclaimed speaker, Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps will explore the factors leading African Americans to take on the challenges and risks of leaving communities and families in the South for an unknown, but hoped for, better future in the North.  She will share stories of some of these migrants and discuss how their arrival changed life and culture in New Jersey’s cities.

The Trent House Museum is beginning a project to collect oral histories of Trenton’s African American families whose members settled here after leaving the South or other regions and countries during the period of the Great Migration from 1916 to 1970. We encourage anyone who would like more information or learn how to share their family’s story to contact the Trent House Association at trenthouseassociation@verizon.net or 609-989-0087.

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​Participate by phone: 1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 867 5503 7706 Passcode: ​314378

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