Ties That Bind Exhibit at JFPL: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County and New Jersey: 1688-2018
New Jersey’s history includes enslavement of African Americans and existence of free black communities. Black and white residents either helped each other or stood in the way of equality and equity for all. At times, the fate of the black and white community was “tied” to each other. The “ties that bind” us together as a community can be tight enough to encourage cooperation, or too tight, leading to conflict. Explore how these ties existed and changed over time in Morris County and New Jersey and consider how those ties manifest now. The exhibit is in the Library’s F.M. Kirby Gallery.
This exhibition is in collaboration with and features the Bethel Church of Morristown, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2018. This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The exhibition and programming are also made possible thanks to support by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library and the Morris County Heritage Commission.