"Organized around the stories of men and women buried in the African-American Stoutsburg cemetery near Hopewell, New Jersey, this extraordinary book narrates the history of black communities in the Hopewell Valley and Sourland Mountains over a period of nearly three centuries. The authors place these stories in the larger context of American history in the eras of slavery, the Civil War, freedom, and civil rights. Part genealogy, part history, and part personal memoir, rooted in an amazing amount of research, and written with grace and flair, this book brings to light a rich past that had almost been lost."
-- James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
"Since the founding of our country, the recorders of history have not accurately transcribed the African American experience. Much of the African American history has been deleted, misconstrued and / or misinterpreted. Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills have taken the difficult steps to change the false narrative and provide clarification for generations to come."
-- Marion T. Lane, Ed.D., Organizing Secretary General, National Society of Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century
"An honest and thorough unveiling of this slice of American history has been long overdue. This is a wonderful read - a veritable page- turner. Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills are, at once, dedicated researchers and masterful story tellers. They have skillfully woven their personal experiences into a compelling multi-generational story of the formidable challenges faced and remarkable feats achieved by one localized African American community. It has broad implications for American society as a whole."
-- Peter Moock, former Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, and former Lead Education Economist, The World Bank, Africa Region and East Asia and Pacific Region