AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND
The 1841 map of Jersey City
(courtesy of NJ Room, JCPL)
*According to Jerome, the marriage between a Garrabrant and a Van Horne led to the Van Hornes inheriting some of the Garrabrants' land.
Six markers were placed on August 4, 2021*Update: the original sign at Johnston & Maple is no longer up. It had been mysteriously removed when we checked on Aug 18, 2021. On Oct 3, a handmade ceramic sign replaced the missing one. You can see the picture in the DYI section of our website.
A talk hosted by the Journal Square Community Association on April 13, 2021
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT NOW
The gentrification of the Lafayette section of Jersey City is rapidly changing many of the landmarks in the area. The partial demolition of a historical church in August 2021 brought the attention of many concerned neighbors. The church, St. John's A.M.E., was known to have a role in the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. With the redevelopment of the area continuing to replace the visible markers of the rich history of African Americans in Jersey City, we struggle to keep their historical presence in the light.