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Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a New Jersey Slave in 1784

Thursday, February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wench Betty court document

Public Scholar Sue Kozel will discuss the persistence of slavery in New Jersey in the years following the Revolutionary War, when the ideals of freedom and library had seemingly triumphed. Through an examination of court documents and slave records, we will more deeply understand Wench Betty’s life and all the ways it mattered.

Sue Kozel will be a residential fellow with the International Center for Jefferson Studies. She currently teaches at Kean University, Mercer County Community College, and William Paterson University at Mercer.

Registration is not required for this program.

Social Justice Matters, Inc., the recipient of this Public Scholars Project program, gratefully acknowledges the hospitality and partnership of the Scotch Plains Public Library in presenting this African American History Month program.


NJ Council for the Humanities LogoThis program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.


Thursday, February 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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