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Happy Thomas Mundy Peterson Day! (March 31, 2015)


On March 31, 1870, a man stepped up to the polls at Perth Amboy's City Hall and cast a ballot. It was a referendum election over whether to approve a revised city charter or adopt a township form of government. His name was Thomas Peterson - known to many as Tom Mundy - and he made history that day by becoming the first African-American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which had been ratified the day before.

Today in New Jersey history - March 31


[From author Joseph Bilby]

March 31, 1723: Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, once royal governor of New York and New Jersey, portrayed as a transvestite by his political enemies, died in England. On hearing the news, New Jersey ironmaster Lewis Morris of Shrewsbury characterized Cornbury as a “wretch” who had “no regard for honor or virtue.”

March 31, 1870: Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy became the first African-American to vote in an election under the auspices of the just ratified Fifteenth Amendment.

New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance meeting - April 7


[Information provided by NJSAA chairperson Maxine Lurie] 

The next meeting of the NJSAA will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The location is the Pane Room at the Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  It will begin with a business meeting at 3 pm.  This will be followed at 4:15 pm by presentations of student winners of the 2014 Paul Stellhorn Award for their undergraduate papers: 

2015 NJ State History Fair

Final Call!  Exhibitor Application Deadline - April 3rd

Individuals and organizations interested in participating in this year's SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair must file an exhibitor application by close of business Friday, April 3rd. The exhibitor application is available online at www.njhistoryfair.org.  Applications can be completed and submitted electronically.  There is no charge to participate for nonprofit historical organizations.