FREEHOLD, NJ - As part of its “Historically Speaking” lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to welcome Joseph G. Bilby to speak on Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m.  The lecture will be held at the Association’s Headquarters, 70 Court Street, Freehold.  Mr. Bilby will speak on his publication, “Freedom to All: New Jersey’s African-American Civil War Soldiers.”

Mr. Bilby received his MA in History from Seton Hall University and is currently the Assistant Curator of the New Jersey National Guard and Militia Museum in Sea Girt, and a free lance writer and historical consultant.  He has published numerous articles and books on New Jersey history, military history and outdoor subjects. 

In 1857, the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision said that African-Americans had no rights.  Despite an atmosphere that treated them at best as second class citizens, New Jersey’s African American community embraced the union cause as their own, seeing it as their “war of liberation.”  Join us as Mr. Bilby discusses his book and shines a much-needed light on the brave Jerseymen who fought in the Civil War.  Copies of the book will be available for sale after the presentation.

The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.  Refreshments will be served following the presentation.  Please call 732-462-1466 for further information or to let us know you will attend.

The gallery on the first floor of the Museum, where the lecture will be held, is accessible to persons with disabilities.  If there are any special needs that require accommodation, please contact the Office at 732-462-1466 within 24 hours of the presentation.