Feb. 6 -Alfred P. Smith: African American Newspaper Publisher

A lecture by Arnold E. Brown

at Mahwah Museum

Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 PM

Bergen County Historian Arnold E. Brown will tell the story of Alfred P. Smith, an African American from Saddle River who published The Landscape out of his home.  Smith acted as the editor, printer and publisher of the newspaper, which he originally “intended as A LETTER TO OUR FRIENDS on matters of interest.”  The newspaper remained in circulation in the Saddle River Valley from the early 1880s until Smith’s death in 1901.  Filled with neighborhood news, political commentary and local advertisements, The Landscape is considered a valuable resource for Saddle River Valley historical research.

Bergen County Historian Arnold E. Brown

Presenter Arnold E. Brown is a civil rights leader who founded the Du Bois Book Center in Englewood, which specializes in African American Studies and Black Studies. Brown is the Bergen County Chair of African American Advisory Committee and the Martin Luther King Monument Committee. He is the author of Black Loyalists in Bergen County and “The Book of Negroes,” in the Revolutionary War in Bergen County, and is co-author of  Images of America: Englewood and Englewood Cliffs and Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women.   A member of the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board and the Bergen County Human Relations Committee, Arnold Brown is the first African-American person from Bergen County elected to the NJ State Legislature.

This lecture is free for museum members and $5 for non-members.  Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org to reserve seats.