The Story of Slavery in New Jersey Must Be Told

It's time to tell the surprisingly dark and shocking story about slavery in New Jersey. We are raising money to produce a documentary about this virtually untold story of slavery in the Garden State.  It is a little-known fact that New Jersey depended deeply on enslaved people to drive agricultural and economic growth, and that New Jersey was the very last of the Northeast states to eliminate this heinous practice.  This story has never been told before in a broadcast-quality, documentary film. 

Truehart Productions , a 501c3 nonprofit corporation was formed in 2019 for the sole purpose of producing a documentary during this critical time when so many are struggling to understand the systemic racism that exists in our country.   Modern education glosses over the impact of slavery north of the Mason-Dixon Line and, when completed, the film will be a valuable tool in educating our youth and all citizens by shedding light on this shameful side of New Jersey's history and its lasting effect on the lives of the African American Community.

We are raising funds for this important project and have produced the short film found here, to use as a promotional tool.   We desperately need support for legal, accounting and general operating expenses.  Ultimately, we hope to raise $200,000 to complete this independent film, which will be publicly available for distribution to schools, universities and NJ Public Broadcasting stations.  Won’t you help jumpstart this important project with a donation?  No donation is too small, and you can also help spread the word by sharing this page and by inviting your friends on Facebook to like the Truehart Productions page.

The film will include research from across the state as well as fascinating stories from Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills   (pictured above), whose book, "If These Stones Could Talk  " was the inspiration for the documentary.  Seen here, Bev Mills is interviewed for the film in the very church where the pastor that owned her Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather preached in Hopewell, NJ.  After taking him from his mother in South Carolina and enslaved, when he was just a 13-year-old boy, he would not finally gain his freedom until he was 35 years old.
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Ridgeley Hutchinson 
Lambertville, NJ
Truehart Productions 
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