Stockton to Host African-American History & Genealogy Symposium on March 25

For Immediate Release

Contact:         Maryjane Briant
                        News and Media Relations Director
                        Galloway, N.J. 08205
                        (609) 652-4593

Galloway, N.J. - The South Jersey Culture & History Center at Stockton University, in collaboration with the Dr. James Still Education Center, New Jersey’s first African-American heritage site, named for James Still, the 19th century “black doctor of the Pines,” is proud to announce its inaugural African-American History and Genealogy Symposium.

This educational event will be held on Saturday, March 25, at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall in Hammonton, N.J. Kramer Hall is located at 30 Front St. The symposium will open at 8:30 a.m. with registration and coffee and presentations will begin at 9 a.m.

The panel of speakers includes:

  • Clara Small, professor of Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and formerly of Salisbury University;
  • Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art, Stockton University;
  • Samuel C. Still III, chairman of the James Still Education Center, Medford, N.J.;
  • Paul W. Schopp, assistant director of the South Jersey Culture & History Center at Stockton.

Among the topics to be covered at this event:

  • Fugitive slaves escaping through South Jersey;
  • Black enclaves in South Jersey;
  • Researching enslaved ancestors;
  • The Underground Railroad.
  • A variety of exhibitors will provide additional information outside the main lecture room. Talks at the symposium will run through 1 p.m., when lunch will be provided for the attendees and participants. The exhibitors will remain until 2 p.m., when the symposium will officially end.

    This event is free, including lunch, but seating is limited to 30 people, so RSVPs are required.

    To make a reservation for this event, please visit and follow directions for registration, or call Thomas Kinsella, director of the South Jersey Culture & History Center, at 609-652-4419. If leaving a voicemail, please provide name, telephone number, full address, and email address.