Nov 11, 2022
Mount Peace Cemetery is now an accredited Level I arboretum through the Arbnet program. ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta.
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards.
Oct 13, 2022
Rev. Alexander Heritage Newton: Civil War Soldier and Underground Railroad Conductor is Recognized
Aside from some historians and Civil War buffs, Alexander Newton's life and
accomplishments aren't widely known, but that might change after the National Park Service
added Newton's grave in Lawnside to its National Underground Railroad Network.
The listing is one of 17 nationwide for sites, programs and facilities that tell the story of the
Underground Railroad, a network of people, routes and safe places for ferrying people out of
slavery. Though there are already more than 700 such sites across the country, Newton's
gravesite in Mount Peace Cemetery is just the sixth in New Jersey.
Social Reformer Mother Isabel Shipley's Archives Rediscovered in Evanston, Illinois
Isabel Shipley (1843-1915) was born in England and migrated to NJ during the mid-19th century. A pioneer reformer and activist for social justice, Mrs. Shipley was the leader of the African American South Jersey branch of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. More to come on this fascinating figure.