Executive Board President, Lawnside Historical Society speaks at the October 12 2021 Haddonfield Quarterly Meeting
Oral history identifies Peter Mott as an agent and conductor for the Underground Railroad, working from his home and Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church in present day Lawnside. Freedom seekers would continue their journey north via Evesham, Haddonfield, and Pennsauken. The Lawnside Historical Society has restored Mott’s home for use as a museum of the Underground Railroad and the Lawnside community, the only historically African-American incorporated municipality in the northern USA.
Cropwell Meeting in Marlton provided the backdrop for “Finding Freedom in South Jersey” on NBC’s Roots Less Traveled program. The episode focused on a brother from Camden, NJ and sister from California who were searching for information about their Truitt ancestors. They learned that “their African American ancestors were farmers and land owners pre-emancipation, with the help from an amazing family of Quakers.”
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Title: Finding Spiritual Refuge
Matthew Sharp of Cherry Hill, NJ
I think my kids really benefit. I think it's a huge gift my wife and I have given them. Meeting gives them a kind of a chance, a practice, of being silent in a world where there's so many distractions, and there's so much data and information. So, the meeting's just kind of like a refuge and a place to be that we don't have to be super brilliant. We don't have to know everything. We can just kind of try to, you know, find that Light inside of us, that God inside of us. And what does that look like? How does that come out?
Title card: How My Family Found Spiritual Refuge in Quaker Meeting
It's a place where you can go and be yourself and find that Light inside yourself. You know that Light when you do something good, when you feel good, when you help others? That thing that comes out and shines.
And we were just attracted to the Meeting because of the service aspect, the social justice, and really, the conversations at Adult First Day School kind of were the things we were concerned about and thinking about as a family.
So, my name is Matthew Sharp, and I live in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and I go to Haddonfield Monthly Meeting.
Find your spiritual refuge
If you've been looking for a faith community where you can be fully yourself without creeds getting in the way, maybe you've been looking for Quakers.
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You deserve a faith community where you belong.
We're a faith community that is refreshingly free in its approach. The most "dogmatic" it gets around these parts is "there is that of God in everyone."
Small, close-knit communities give you the opportunity to really get to know others and be known by them. These small communities are connected to form the larger South Jersey Quakers community.
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