The Underground Railroad in New Jersey

Thursday, February 13 @ 7 PM

Woodbridge Main Library - Ground Floor Meeting Room

Please join us on Thursday, February 13 @ 7 PM at the Woodbridge Main Library as Dr. Linda J. Caldwell Epps highlights the struggles and triumphs experienced by those traveling the Underground Railroad to freedom.
 
From the beginning of African enslavement in America, attempts to escape from bondage were a frequent form of resistance though dangerous and strongly suppressed. What became known as the Underground Railroad was a network of meeting points, secret routes, and safe houses used by enslaved people of African descent to escape into northern states and Canada. The Underground Railroad was an interracial movement that caught the attention of the nation on the fundamental injustice of slavery. Boldly challenging America’s moral, legal, and economic foundation, galvanizing antislavery sentiment, and giving impetus to redeem American liberty – The Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.
 
Dr. Linda J. Caldwell Epps is President and CEO of 1804 Consultants and a founding member of the Sankofa Collaborative.  She brings to clients more than 45 years of experience working with educational and cultural institutions, including The New Jersey Historical Society, a statewide museum, library, and educational facility, where she served as President and CEO, and New Jersey Network Television and Radio where she served as Vice President for Institutional Relations.  Additionally, she has held various positions at Bloomfield College where she worked for 27 years.  
 
The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Caldwell Epps was inducted into the Douglass Society, the highest honor accorded to Douglass College graduates.  In 2019 she was inducted into the Rutgers African American Hall of Fame.  She also received the highest award accorded to Seton Hall University students — the Most Distinguished Alumnae Award. She is the 2019 recipient of the Beulah Oliphant award presented annually to women in recognition of their outstanding contributions to New Jersey history in historic preservation, education, or scholarship.  Her commitment to her community has been recognized by numerous philanthropic and civic organizations.
 
This program is free and open to all.  No registration is required.