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Presentation: “Land, Faith and Slaves: The Shared Heritage of the Hardenbergh family, Rutgers University, and the Dutch Reformed Church”

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm

On Saturday, June 17, at 2:30 pm at the Old Dutch Parsonage, speakers from Rutgers University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary will explore the slave-holding history of Rutgers’ founders.

The Rev. Jacob Hardenbergh, principal founder of Rutgers University, was an outspoken proponent of American freedom. Yet he was also a slave owner, for slavery pervaded the social and religious world in which he lived. Join archivists and faculty from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Rutgers University as they explore the connections between the Hardenbergh family of New York and New Jersey and the great African American abolitionist leader Sojourner Truth, at one time their slave; the stories of other early slave-holding leaders of Rutgers College, and the history of Rutgers and Dutch Reformed circles during the Revolutionary War and the early years of the American Republic.

Spealers include John Coakley, Feakes Professor of Church History, Emeritus, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary; Thomas J Frusciano, Rutgers Library faculty and Vice President of the Rutgers Living History Society; and Helene Van Rossum, Public Services and Outreach Archivist at Rutgers Libraries Special Collections.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017
2:30 pm


Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage
71 Somerset Street
Somerville, NJ 08876 United States
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