Explore New Jersey's Black Heritage in Distinctive Destinations

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The Black community in New Jersey has long been shaping our history and culture, with roots that trace back to the mid-1600s, when colonial settlers brought the first captive Africans to the Mid-Atlantic region, followed by centuries of persistence for freedom, justice and equality. 

Famous figures and everyday New Jerseyans, both past and present, boast accomplishments that are woven into the fabric of our state, country and world. Cherish and learn from their remarkable lives as you visit destinations across the state, and explore some of the noteworthy museums and sites honoring our unique Black heritage.

Click below to read more about each region and find our three-day Black Heritage Trip Itineraries, featuring additional ideas for delicious cuisine, excellent shopping and must-do activities along the way, which also provide opportunities to support Black-owned, independent businesses:

Southern New Jersey

"Harriet Tubman - The Journey to Freedom" by Wesley Wofford, FNSS - Sculptor. Photo © 2020 Tim Hawk for the Harriet Tubman Museum.
Southern New Jersey
Explore Cape May’s legacy as a hub for the Underground Railroad and abolitionist activity, amid its Victorian splendor. Check out treasures and traditions in Atlantic City, the East Coast seaside gaming and resort capital. Head to Newtonville and Folsom for bonus museum, BBQ and wine time.
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Delaware River

Delaware River
Travel to Lawnside: On land purchased by abolitionists in 1840, it was the first incorporated, self-governing Black municipality north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Stops in Camden and Burlington County reveal prominent Black historical presence and links to the Underground Railroad.
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Central New Jersey

Central New Jersey
Head to Red Bank and Middletown for rich history and a lively music and arts scene. Vibrant New Brunswick promises superb art and culture. See Somerville, where the iconic Paul Robeson grew up. Play golf in Scotch Plains, at the first Black-owned golf and country club in the US, then wine and dine in Plainfield.
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Northern New Jersey

Northern New Jersey
Trek intriguing museum collections and a variety of offerings and events in Newark, Jersey City and Tenafly. Visit Little Ferry and Morristown for groundbreaking landmarks created for Black residents in the 1800s. Nearby, sample tasty craft beer at Black-owned breweries in Montclair, Hackensack and Orange.
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