Why Wench Betty Matters - The Murder of a NJ Slave in 1784 - Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 - 7 p.m. Scotch Plains Public Library

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Hi, Everyone - 

Pamela Brooks prepared this announcement for a special program, Why Wench Betty Matters - The Murder of a NJ Slave in 1784.

You may contact her for more information

Pamela Brooks

Corresponding Secretary

Social Justice Matters, Inc.

PO Box 535

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076



African American History Program in Scotch Plains

The public is invited to an African American History Month program, to be held on Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm at the Scotch Plains Public Library. Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a New Jersey Slave in 1784, will be presented by Public Scholar Sue Kozel. Registration is not required for this program.

While the powerful ideals of freedom and liberty seemed to have triumphed in the Revolutionary War, slavery continued to exist in New Jersey. Sue Kozel will discuss how exploring the murder of Wench Betty today can provide insight into the lives of enslaved African Americans during the early American Republic. Through an examination of court documents and slave records, we will more deeply understand Wench Betty’s life and all the ways it mattered.

Sue Kozel currently teaches at Kean University, Mercer County Community College, and William Paterson University at Mercer.


This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It  has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.


Social Justice Matters, Inc., the recipient of this Public Scholars Project program, gratefully acknowledges the hospitality and partnership of the Scotch Plains Public Library in presenting this African American History Month program.


Scotch Plains Public Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains. In the event of inclement weather, please consult scotlib.org or socialjusticematters.org for notices of cancellations or rescheduling.