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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 about slavery in the United States and examine how this national story directly impacts and shapes 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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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

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