The Ties that Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County and New Jersey, 1688-2018

Thursday, February 6, 2020 – Sunday, March 29, 2020

In honor of Black History Month (February), this exhibition explores over 300 years of race relations between blacks and whites in Morris County and greater New Jersey.

Organized by Bethel Church of Morristown, NJ and curated by Claudia Ocello of Museum Partners Consulting, this series of panels traces the “ties” that inextricably link black and white residents together through periods of conflict and cooperation on issues such as slavery, civil rights, religion, education, and housing.

What Freedom Looks Like: Anchoring African American Identities in Morris County from 1600 to 2020
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum

As a companion dialogue to the exhibition, this discussion represented what is hoped would be the start of future dialogues around the inspiration generated by the exhibit. It brought together some of the scholars that worked with Pastor Sidney S. Williams of the Bethel Church to develop this long neglected overview of Morristown and Morris County history.

This program was FREE and open to the public.


Funding for this exhibition is provided by the NJ Council for the Humanities, Morris County Heritage Commission Re-Grant Program and the Friends of the Morristown & Morirs Township Library.



Feb 06 2020 - Mar 29 2020