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Friday, February 21, 2014

Saturday: Underground Railroad in Union County; PAHS fundraiser


Harriet Tubman, herself a fugitive, aided more than three hundred
slave to escape by way of the Underground Railroad.

Saturday offers two great opportunities for Plainfielders to break the cabin fever that this winter's cold and snow has brought on.

Underground Railroad, More at the Library
Continuing its Black History Month programming, the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library (FOPPL) offer a free program Saturday afternoon that focuses on the history of the Underground Railroad in Union County. The program will run from Noon to 3:00 PM.

Dr. Sarah F. Ducksworth will present an overview of the role played by anti-slavery activists and religious groups in Union County in the Underground Railroad', the network of those who helped transport and shelter runaway slaves seeking freedom in the North and in Canada.

Dr. Ducksworth, who has appeared in the PBS documentary William Still and The Underground Railroad, will share results of her research and take questions from the audience.

The program also includes a talk by William Jones, professor emeritus of communications skills at Rutgers, who is a collector of contemporary African art, principally paintings, prints and photographs.

The program will also include musical selections by Morgan Miller, winner of the 2013 Plainfield Idol contest, and the history of the Negro National Anthem by Belinda Smiley, whom many know from her work with the famed Ric-Charles Chorale, and who is vice president of FOPPL.

A special treat will be Southern Sweets to conclude the program. Sweet Potato Pie? Peach Cobbler? I can't wait.

Saturday's free program will be in the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room. The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots.
PAHS art auction fundraiser
Animal lovers and pet owners will want to mark the calendar for a fundraiser for the Plainfield Area Humane Society (PAHS) on Saturday evening.

Owing to the harsh winter we have had, the PAHS facility on Rock Avenue is in need of urgent repairs to its plumbing and heating systems.

The art auction fundraiser will give PAHS the financial assistance it needs and provide a nice evening out for supporters. The evening gets under way at 6:30 PM with a preview of the art and the auction starts at 7:00 PM. Wine, cheese, coffee and desserts will be offered while attendees view a wide variety of art in many styles and sizes that will be available for purchase that evening.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be bought at the door. For more information, call PAHS at (908) 754-0300 or Diana Bienvenue at (732) 287-0861 or email dianabienvenue@yahoo.com. Major credit cards will be accepted for all artwork purchases.

The event is being held at the South Plainfield Senior Center, 90 Maple Avenue (at the intersection of Maple Avenue, Plainfield Avenue and Lakeview Avenue. Parking on site. The facility is handicap-accessible.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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