Grabas traces African American land ownership
SHREWSBURY – Joseph A. Grabas, distinguished author, historian, and Certified Title Professional, will present “The Promise of Land,” a program about early African American land ownership in Monmouth County on Saturday, May 12, at the v. The program begins at 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Friends of the Monmouth County Library.
Grabas, Director of the Grabas Institute for Continuing Education, and a member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, has devoted close to 30 years researching African American communities in Monmouth County. He has incorporated many of findings about the struggles and achievements of the earlier residents in his book, “Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Grabas will explain how colonial laws in New Jersey prohibited former slaves and Africans from owning land through the end of the 18th century. He will highlight the need of freed slaves to possess land to achieve economic and social freedom and will highlight free settlements and inhabitants of Brown’s Lane, Woodville, Macedonia and Leedsville, by exploring land records and related sources for his talk.
No registration is needed for the program. For more information on this and all programs and activities offered at Eastern Branch and all other branches as well as Headquarters of the Monmouth County Library, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org.