Historian Details Story of Old Local Family

(Lawnside, N.J.) April 7, 2019–Dr. James Johnson will present his discovery of one of Lawnside’s 19th century free Black families when he delves into the lives of the Haney Family in his talk “Martha Haney: An American Life.”

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His free presentation will be featured at the April meeting of the Lawnside Historical Society, Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Lawnside Borough Hall, 4 Martin Luther King Jr. Road. The Society owns the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum, named for the agent of the Underground Railroad who helped those seeking freedom from his farmhouse.

The historian and researcher, an adjunct professor in Rowan University’s Department Of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education, has for years found leaves on this family tree, the namesake of our Heaney Avenue.

Dr. Johnson holds a master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s from Rowan. In addition to his alma mater, he has taught at Rutgers University, Camden; Gloucester County College; Moravian College and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. He has published numerous articles on the African American history.

“We are thrilled to learn more about the courageous people who carved out free lives, served in the Civil War and grew our town from Dr. Johnson,” said Linda Shockley, Society president. “Peter Mott sold property to several people in Lawnside including a Haney.”