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GouldTown, NJ est. 1600's ~ Oldest Black Town! ~Wendel White

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Join Photographer Wendell White for a candid conversation with The Gist of Freedom's guest host, Roy Paul, please have your pen and paper in hand as these gentle discuss very little known facts about Historical Black Towns, like GouldTown,NJ. Established in 1690, Gouldtown is the oldest Black Town in the United States. Over the past 13 years Mr. White has been toting his camera through the state's southern reaches, documenting the existence of a handful of small all-black communities that still survive there. In his back road travels, he has also unearthed the rich African-American history of several towns that are now largely populated by whites.
Mr. White's online photographs depict little-known aspects of the nation's past: communities formed by blacks in the 19th and early 20th centuries as havens from racism. Many of these enclaves, where African-Americans could raise families and build careers, were in New Jersey. For Mr. White there has been some urgency to document these insular towns before they change even further or disappear completely. "Even if they don't physically go away, the nature of the communities is disappearing," Mr. White said. "What we're seeing is the last bit of the 19th century."
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