What Freedom Looks Like: Anchoring African American Identities in Morris County from 1600 to 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2:00PM
Bickford Theatre

Join us for a poignant discussion inspired by the traveling exhibition on view through March 29:  The Ties That Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County, 1600-2018.

As a companion to the exhibition, this dialogue will represent what is hoped to be the beginning of future dialogues inspired by the exhibit. Curated by the Reverend Dr. Sidney S. Williams of the Bethel Church of Morristown, this conversation will bring together several scholars who worked with Pastor Williams to develop this long-neglected overview of Morristown and Morris County history.

While Morristown is best known for George Washington’s encampment here in revolutionary times, there are many voices yet to be heard and stories yet to be told. Like any community, Morristown has multiple layers of unique, yet intersecting historical narrative. Not always pleasant, this history is nonetheless who we are today; but it does not have to define who we are tomorrow.

Real people, real lives, real stories. Please join us as we begin what we hope will be a journey of resilience and reconciliation to remember, eulogize, and even resurrect these people of the past who so eloquently helped shape, as a community, the Morristown we call home.

Sponsoring Organizations:

  • Bethel AME Church of Morristown
  • Morris Museum
  • Morristown National Historical Park
  • New Jersey Council for The Humanities
  • New Jersey Historical Commission
  • Atlantic Health Systems
  • Valley Bank
  • National Liturgical Dance Network

This program is FREE and open to the Public.

To enter the Museum, regular admission fees will apply

Image Credit Top: Bishop Richard Allen, Founder of AME Church



Feb 09 2020


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm