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Black History in Rutherford and the Meadowlands Area

Updated: Feb 17

Information from the Meadowlands Museum Website


On display from mid-January until mid-March, the Meadowlands Museum's rotating exhibit will be devoted to the history of African Americans in Rutherford and the Meadowlands Area.  The exhibit features:

  • The Hoage Family - the first Black family to own their own home in Rutherford in 1868

  • Slavery in the Meadowlands Area 

  • The Underground Railroad in northern NJ

  • Segregation of Housing in Rutherford until the mid-1960s

  • The Rutherford Civil Rights Commission (begun in 1964 as the first local Civil Rights Commission in NJ)

  • Notable African American Residents of Rutherford

  • The Murray Hodge VFW Post 453, and

  • The Tuskegee Airmen from Rutherford.


For more information, click this link to view The Meadowlands Museum website.

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