The Camden County Historical Society has a wide collection of historical materials chronicling Camden County’s history, with materials dating back to the 1700s. This page will showcase new online exhibits made up of rarely seen materials from the collection. A variety of past physical exhibits are also being digitized and will be included on this page when they are available.
"Say My Name": Enslaved Africans of Pomona Hall Exhibit
This exhibit highlights seventeen enslaved individuals who were held in bondage at Pomona Hall between 1726-1795, based on research by CCHS Library Director Bonny Beth Elwell and featuring portraits by photographer Erik James Montgomery. Although Pomona Hall was the home of the Quaker Cooper family from 1726-1795, the owners of the house held men, women, and children in bondage until the 1790s. The exhibit traces the stories of these enslaved persons through primary documents relating to their enslavement, their obtainment of freedom, and their lives as free persons of color in early Camden County. To bring these historic persons to life, Erik James Montgomery created artistic photographs portraying each of the individuals performing historically relevant tasks, as depicted by local community leaders wearing period clothing. The exhibit can be seen in person at 1900 Park Blvd, Camden NJ on Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Watch the video below to hear photographer Erik James Montgomery discuss his photography project.
The video below features the presentation by researcher Bonny Beth Elwell and photographer Erik James Montgomery on October 9, 2022 at the Camden County Historical Society.