Timbuctoo is an unincorporated community in Westampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, according to the US Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System. Deed records in the Burlington County Clerk’s Office indicate the first land purchases by African Americans in Timbuctoo occurred in 1826. Early Timbuctoo residents included formerly enslaved and free persons. New Jersey abolished slavery by gradual manumission in 1804.
View above is the Timbuctoo Cemetery, which has been referred to as the only visible remnant of Timbuctoo's historic past.
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.
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.
Learn fascinating details about Timbuctoo as they were written during its heyday.
Case study from descendants of early Timbuctoo settlers.
Slavery in New Jersey was abolished by gradual manumission in 1804, but the northern counties were much slower to implement changes. See details here.
By: Danielle DeSisto, Burlington County Times
By: DeNeen Brown, Washington Post