Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2011 DEADLINE APPROACHING TO PARTICIPATE IN SURVEY OFTRENTON·S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORIC SITES

TRENTON, NJ, July 15, 2011: Current & former community members are encouraged to share their
knowledge of Trenton·s African-American sites for a survey being compiled by the Trenton Historical Society. The purpose of the survey is to expand knowledge of the city·s African-American history

through identification ofrelated buildings and sites. Historical research and personal interviews will be used to identify historic sites. Previously identified African-American historic sites in the city include the BellevueAvenueColoredSchool and the HigbeeStreet(John T. Nixon) School, which are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The survey will include these and other previously identified historic sites, but the primary goal of the survey is to identify places significant in the history of the city·s African-American community that have not been previously recognized. Examples include sites associated with important individuals;churches, clubs, and other civic and social organizations; and businesses within and withstrong ties to the African-American community. The sites may represent any historical era, from the colonial period through the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. THS has contracted with Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc., (RGA) of Cranbury, to complete the survey, which began in May. Representatives of THS and RGAareseeking input for the project from African-American civic organizations and members of the Black community. Surveyforms are available in the Trentoniana Room of the Trenton Public Library and on the THS website,

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TRENTON AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORIC SITES SURVEY

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http://www.trentonhistory.org/AfriAmerSurvey.htm.The deadline for participating in the survey is August 8,

2011. Information gathered during the survey will be compiled into an inventory, and the final report will be made available at local public and university libraries and on the THS website. The completed inventory will provide THS with a list of African-American historic sites in the City of Trenton, which will be used to direct future research and preservation efforts in the city. The survey is funded by a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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