Organized around the stories of men and women buried in the African-American Stoutsburg cemetery near Hopewell, New Jersey, this extraordinary book narrates the history of black communities in the Hopewell Valley and Sourland Mountains over a period of nearly three centuries.  The authors place these stories in the larger context of American history in the eras of slavery the Civil War, freedom, and civil rights.  Part genealogy, part history, and part personal memoir, rooted in an amazing amount of research, and written with grace and flair, this book brings to light a rich past that had almost been lost.

James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era