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Camden County Library Celebrates African American History

NEWS RELEASE January 13, 2014

Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, 856-772-1636 ext. 7323

Four programs at three branches include Underground Railroad quilt, films and more

“42: The True Story of Jackie Robinson” will be the first movie shown in the South County Branch Library’s Heroes in African American History Film Series. It’s one of four program events being held by the Camden County Library System as it marks African American History Month in February.

VOORHEES, NJ – Jan. 8, 2014 – The Camden County Library System is observing African American History Month this February with four programs that include film festivals and a focus on the Underground Railroad as a key part of American history.

The Gloucester Twp.-Blackwood Rotary Public Library will give children in grades K to five the chance to learn about how the Underground Railroad helped slaves escape to freedom on Thursday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. One of the ingenious means of communication “conductors” on the Underground Railroad used as they led their “passengers” to freedom was the creation of quilts. These innocent-looking quilts secretly conveyed information in their designs and in the way they were constructed, which guided the “conductors and passengers” to the next “station” on Underground Railroad to freedom.

In fact the Gloucester Twp. branch is offering customers the chance to help create an Underground Railroad Quilt during February. The library will provide paper quilt squares for people to color and design that will be added to the branch’s quilt throughout the month where it will be on display.

The Riletta L. Cream Ferry Avenue Branch library in Camden is hosting an African American Film Festival running on Thursdays Feb. 6 to Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. The movies will feature African American actors and film makers. Call the branch at 856-342-9789 for titles.

The South County Branch library in Winslow Twp. will be starting a bimonthly film series, Heroes in African American History in February. The series will kick off with “42: The True Story of Jackie Robinson” on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1:30. The movie is rated PG-13 and the program is open to those 13 and older including adults.

Registration for any to the programs is available on the web at or by calling the local branch. Phone numbers and directions to the branch libraries can be found at .


Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.



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