The Trent House Association presents a virtual illustrated talk, “Open the Door, I’ll Get It Myself: The Great Migration to New Jersey,” presented by Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps, noted history scholar and acclaimed speaker.

The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021, via Zoom at A pay-as-you-wish donation of $10 is suggested and can be made by PayPal at

Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps | Photo provided by The Trent House Association

New Jersey’s African American population multiplied during what is known as the Great Migration in the early decades of the 20th century. Dr. Caldwell Epps, president and CEO of 1804 Consultants and co-founder of the Sankofa Collaborative, will explore the factors leading African Americans to take on the challenges and risks of leaving communities and families in the South for an unknown, but hoped for, better future in the North. She will share stories of some of these migrants and discuss how their arrival changed life and culture in New Jersey’s cities.

The Trent House Museum is beginning to collect oral histories of African American families who settled in Trenton after leaving the South or other regions and countries during the period of the Great Migration from 1916 to 1970. Anyone who would like more information or learn how to share their family’s story is encouraged to contact the Trent House Association at or (609) 989-0087.

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