Timbuctoo Historical Society

Timbuctoo Historical Society

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Timbuctoo was settled by formerly enslaved and free African Americans, beginning in 1826


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Timbuctoo Historical Society

Timbuctoo Historical Society

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Timbuctoo was settled by formerly enslaved and free African Americans, beginning in 1826


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Educational Resources

African American Family Histories

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Slides from a presentation focusing on antebellum free People of Color in New Jersey and the District of Columbia, along with the basics of building a Family Tree.

New Jersey: A State Divided on Freedom

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Did you know that 2/3 of African Americans living in Southern New Jersey were free as early as 1790?  Read this compelling narrative by Guy Weston from the 2017 edition of AAHGS Journal. 

Read about Timbuctoo in a 19th century newspaper!

News about Timbuctoo from the 1800s

Learn fascinating details about Timbuctoo as they were written during its heyday. 

Finding Free African Americans Before the Civil War

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Case study from descendants of early Timbuctoo settlers.

Regional Variations in the Manumission of Slaves in NJ

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Slavery in New Jersey was abolished by gradual manumission in 1804, but the northern counties were much slower to implement changes.  See details here.