“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!



In New Jersey, as in most northern states, we have not been taught much, if anything, about the existence of slavery and the slave trade in this part of the United States. We have not been told how essential slavery was in the early development of this region and how it was an acceptable way of life. This webinar gives examples of what life would have been like for enslaved African Americans in the Sourland Mountain Region and the surrounding area of New Jersey. We have included a promotional trailer below. One-week rental of the full webinar is available for $300. Click here to learn more and to rent The African American Presence During the Colonial Era in the Hopewell Valley Region!*


This educational webinar highlights the compelling contributions of African American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars told through the voices of two re-enactors. We have included a promotional trailer below. One-week rental of the full webinar is available for $300. Click here to learn more and to rent Pioneers of Liberty today!*

*A credit card is required for rental. If your school or organization does not have access to a credit card, please contact Beverly Mills directly at bmills72@verizon.net. She will make special arrangements for you.

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

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