Having grown up in the part of New Jersey about which If These Stones Could Talk is written, I became aware of this research project quite early on in its development. I realized that an honest and thorough unveiling of this slice of American history (heretofore not well understood, even by those whose ancestors had lived it – or influenced it) was long overdue. What I hadn’t anticipated was that it would be such a great read – a veritable page-turner. Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills are, at once, dedicated researchers and masterful story tellers. They have skillfully woven their personal experiences into a compelling multi-generational story of the formidable challenges faced and remarkable feats achieved by one localized African American community. It has broader implications for American society as a whole.

Peter Moock, former Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, and former Lead Education Economist, The World Bank, Africa Region and East Asia and Pacific Region