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Be sure to tune in to “Lifting the Veil,” the new podcast by If These Stones Could Talk authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, dedicated to lifting up the unsung history of our community.

An Interview with Gordon Mikoski – Part II Lifting the Veil

Gordon Mikoski visits the studio again this week to continue talking to Bev and Lady Elaine. Gordon is an associate professor of Christian education, earned his MDiv and MA degrees from the Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Emory University. His research and teaching interests focus on Christian education, the sacraments, the doctrine of the Trinity, and practical theology. He has written and edited several books, including Integrating Work in Theological Education, co-edited with Kathleen Cahalan and Ed Foley (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017); Opening the Field of Practical Theology, co-edited with Kathleen Cahalan (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014); Straining at the Oars: Case Studies in Pastoral Leadership, with H. Dana Fearon III (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013); With Piety and Learning: The History of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, 1812-2012, with Richard R. Osmer (Münster, Germany: Lit Verlag, 2011); and Baptism and Christian Identity: Teaching in the Triune Name (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009). He serves as the editor for Theology Today and as the director of the Ph.D. program at the Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he served a church in the Detroit area for eight years before returning to academia.
  1. An Interview with Gordon Mikoski – Part II
  2. An Interview with Gordon Mikoski – Part I
  3. An Interview with Pastor Avril Lewis – Part II
  4. An Interview with Pastor Avril Lewis – Part I
  5. An Interview with Jean-Pierre Brutus – Part II
This video is part of “The Stories We Tell,” a film series that illuminates undertold histories of the American Revolution, as part of a long-term partnership between Monument Lab, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey Historical Commission, with support from Revolution NJ.

“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 omissions of history and the miseducation of slavery in the United States, and to acknowledge and correct how both directly impact and continue 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.

Follow us on Facebook to read our weekly “Friday Memories” blog, and learn more about our work to uncover New Jersey history, stone by stone, in this New York Times article!


For those of us who are your contemporaries and were once neighbors, I have to believe that my understanding of your book, and its visceral impact, are heightened by my sense of familiarity. For example, I was a student of Mr. Renwick in the early 1960s. He commanded our respect and he taught us so much. We must bring back capable teaching of social studies and it must include all of our histories. Thank you from my heart for sharing your stories.

Whitney Wetherill

This is an excellent and important book that has some personal meaning for me: I was honored and privileged to create a map for the book, featuring African American historic and cultural sites in the Sourland Mountain region.

Kevin Burkman, Trustee, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum