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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The mission of Friday Truehart Consultants is to remedy the omission and miseducation of slavery in the United States and how it has directly impacted and continues to shape the future.

Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills

In 2019 Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills formed Friday Truehart Consultants to bring awareness that there is more to American history than the single Anglo narrative. Because of the egregious omission of the African American narrative in our nation’s history books, Friday Truehart Consultants strives to see African American history built into K-12 curriculum throughout the State, and not consigned to one month out of the year during Black History Month.

Named after Beverly’s enslaved fourth great grandfather, Friday Truehart, the firm provides consulting services to schools, community groups and others who seek a better understanding of the American slave system. Friday Truehart Consultants is eager to work with educators who wish to partner in bringing a fuller educational awareness of African American history to their schools, and by doing so become change agents in their schools and communities.

Last but certainly not least, because of the numerous “aha!” moments Beverly and Elaine experienced while researching their book, If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey, Friday Truehart Consultants will also offer genealogy services to people interested in uncovering traces of their history and perhaps answer questions that have long gone unanswered.

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Even though I knew some things about “If These Stones Could Talk” before I read it, I never realized how wonderful the book really would be. I enjoyed the great writing style and voice, as well as learning more about this history. Even though there is much that is is difficult to face, the authors have couched it in the context of a desire to tell the truth and to celebrate the amazing individuals and communities who created this history. It is an amazing accomplishment! I am blessed to know Beverly and Elaine, and to be a small part of spreading the true story about African American history in this place. 

Caroline Katmann, Executive Director, Sourland Conservancy

I grew up near Flemington so I was familiar with the Hopewell area. I have read a few books about African American history in New Jersey and your summary of the slavery era through the Great Migration is the best I have read. I also enjoyed the discussion of the African American community in the Hopewell-Pennington area, including the recipes. Very interesting. It shows how much life has changed over the last 60 years.

Brian Armstrong