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To Cast a Freedman's Vote

posted May 6, 2012, 3:05 PM by Genealogical Society Salem County
The Genealogical Society of Salem County will have their monthly meeting jointly with Preservation Salem County this coming Tuesday, May 8, 2011 at the Friends Village in Woodstown at 6:30 p.m. Notice, this is an earlier time than usual!

Gordon Bond, a noted New Jersey author, will present “To Cast a Freedman’s Vote” about Thomas Mundy Peterson, a handyman from Perth Amboy who made Civil Rights History as the first African-American to vote in an election under the 15th Amendment. It took a truly remarkable convergence of circumstances to make that moment possible. As much as this was the story of one man, it was also the story of a community who took a small, imperfect but historic step in the evolution of how we deal with race in this country.

Mr. Bond has devoted his spare time since 1999 creating an accurate and detailed biography of James Parker entitled James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of the Revolution. Bond is a professional and freelance by day and in his off-hours pursues his passion for New Jersey History. In addition to writing books, Mr. Bond is the editor and publisher of, a free online magazine devoted to New Jersey’s rich and varied heritage. His current research with Stephanie Hoagland is a comprehensive survey of New Jersey’s folk grave markers. He is also producing a new book about the 1952 commuter train wreck in Woodbridge, NJ known as “the Broker."

This program is free and open to the public. Partial proceeds for this program come from the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For further information contact Jim Schulte at or by phone at 856-217-0420.