The Franklin Park Tragedy: A Forgotten Story of Racial Injustice in New Jersey

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Author Brian Armstrong tells the shocking story of this “sundown town” and how it evolved into the diverse community that exists today. On March 1, 1894, two African American men broke into a home in rural Franklin Park and murdered a white woman and her daughter before her husband fought and killed the attackers. The newspapers called it the “Franklin Park Tragedy,” and the story captivated public attention nationally and abroad. Another tragedy came afterward, with the racist forced expulsion of many local African American residents.
ISBN: 9781467143585
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: True Crime
Images: 82
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Brian Armstrong is an independent historian, researcher and author. A native of New Jersey and current resident of Mount Laurel, Armstrong was president of the South River Historical & Preservation Society for ten years and is now the vice-president, Central Region, for the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey. In 2015, he co-wrote South River (Arcadia Publishing) with Stephanie Bartz and Nan Whitehead. He also frequently writes articles for the Bar Harbor Historical Society in Bar Harbor, Maine, where his mother’s family lived for several hundred years. Armstrong lectures throughout the state on local history, World War I, the Spanish Influenza and political history.
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