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  • AP Gifts
    Gouldtown, New Jersey (located in Cumberland County): An All-American Mixed-Race Community Despite the fact that the article found in the photos listed below
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 8, 2009

      Gouldtown, New Jersey

      (located in Cumberland County):

      An All-American 'Mixed-Race Community'

      Despite the fact that the article found in the photos listed
      below refers to it by the archaic and 'One-Droppist' term
      of -- "Negro" Community" --- it is still a very good article
      that also makes it abundantly clear that the city of
      Gouldtown, N.J. was actually an historically very
      Multi-Racial (not 'Mono'-Racial) American community.



      :)  So ... for all our members on the East Coast ... maybe someone could investigate to find
      out more about the history of this Mixed-Race community of people -- and --if you'd
      recommend arrangement of a MGM-Mixed 'Road Trip' or other event in or near the area.
       

      Also -- if you or any of your relatives are from this Town or County --
      (or any like it) -- can you share with us -- more of what you know?  ;;)
       

      The city of GOULDTOWN, N.J. has been referred to as "A Colony of Mulattoes";
      and traces it's history back more than 250 years; and most of it's residents have been
      found to be largely the descendants of four Mulatto families that have intermarried
      for more than 200 years with only an occasional infiltration of other blood.

      These four families were named Gould, Pierce, Murray , and Cuff.

      The Goulds are believed to be descendants of John Fenwick,
      Quaker proprietor of the "Salem Tenth" in West New Jersey, who
      colonized this region.Elizabeth Adams, a White granddaughter of
      Fenwick, who inherited 500 acres of land and married a Black man
      named Gould, is considered the founder of Gouldtown.

      Richard and Anthony Pierce, West Indian Mulattoes, also settled here about 1750.
      They paid the passage from Holland for White sisters,
      Maria and Hannah Van Vaca, and married them upon arrival.
      The Murrays are believed to be of Indian descent; and the original Cuff
      was a formerly enslaved man who had married the widow
      of the man who once held him in trapped in chattel slavery.

      The community stretches for several miles along the highway and nearby dirt roads …

      A book has been written about Gouldtown, NJ:

      "The Gouldtown Book" can be purchased at the: Fairfield Township Board of Eduction
      (Fairton Primary School), Ramah Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. 
      Phone number 856-451-4990, ask to speak with 'Carol Gould'.

      In addition, a film has been made about Gouldtown , NJ :

      The Film – `Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement'
      was directed by Kathleen Collins-Prettyman
      [a.k.a. Kathleen  ( Conway ) Collins (Prettyman)]
      who was a playwright, scriptwriter, filmmaker,
      director, novelist, short story writer, and educator.


       

       

       

       

      Photos are taken from the article entitled
       `America's Oldest "
      Negro" Community'
      "Gouldtown traces it's history back 250
      years to an Inter-Racial Marriage"

      'Ebony' magazine / February,  1952 Edition


      For a view at the individual photographs
      of Gouldtown, N.J. – click here:
      http://www.mitsawokett.com/MoorsOfDelaware/Ebony1952-LargeImage.htm


      More Information about filmmake, Kathleen Conwell –
      director of the film `
      Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement':


      Born Kathleen Conwell in Jersey City, she was
      the daughter of Frank and Loretta Conwell.
      Her father, who had worked as a mortician, then
      became the principal of a high school now named after him;
      and later became the first New Jersey state legislator who
      was also a member of the
      African-American Ethnic grouping.

      In 1963, after receiving her BA in philosophy and religion from
      Skidmore College, Collins worked on southern voter registration
      for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

      In 1966 she earned an MA in French literature and cinema
      through the Middle-bury program at Paris 's Sorbonne.
      Joining the editorial and production staff at a
      New York City Public Broadcasting Service station,
      Collins worked as a film editor and began writing stories.
      In 1974, soon after ending her marriage to Douglas Collins,
      she became a professor of film history and
      screenwriting at the City College of New York.

      Adapting Henry H. Roth's fiction for the screen
      in The Cruz Brothers and Mrs. Malloy (1980),

      Collins became the first
      African-American woman to
      write, direct, and produce a full-length feature film.

      Her film won first prize at the Sinking Creek Film Festival.

      Collins's second feature, Losing Ground (1982), directed, co-produced,
      and based on an original screenplay by her, won Portugal's
      Figueroa de Foz Film Festival and garnered international acclaim.

      (Her screenplay, which differs in some significant ways from
      the film, is included in Screenplays of the
      African-American
      Experience, 1991, edited by Phyllis Rauch Klotman.) …

      While making films, Collins produced equally remarkable drama.

      In the Midnight Hour (1981) portrayed a middle-class
      black family at the outset of the Civil Rights Movement.

      The Brothers (1982) was named one of the twelve outstanding plays
      of the season by the Theatre Communications Group and published
      in Margaret B.Wilkerson's Nine Plays by Black Women (1986).

      It delineates the impact of racism and sexism on a middle-class
      black family from 1948 to 1968 as articulated by six
      intelligent, witty, and strikingly different women.

      The brothers themselves, though never seen, are
      vibrant presences through the women's remarks.

      In 1983 Collins reencountered Alfred Prettyman whom she had
      known twenty years earlier and four years later they were married.

      One week after their marriage, she learned that she had cancer.

      At the time of her death, she had completed a new screenplay,
      Conversations with Julie, her sixth stage play, Waiting for
      Jane
      , and a final draft of her novel, Lollie: A Suburban Tale.

      As more of her work appears, her already fine reputation
      as filmmaker and playwright will surely rise and be
      further enhanced by a new reputation in fiction.

      Timeline of Kathleen Collins-Prettyman's Career:
      Kathleen Collins was the first African-American 
      woman to make and release a feature film.

      1971: 
      Kathleen Collins Prettyman completes graduate film studies  at the Sorbonne in France and
      unsuccessfully shops her  feature-film script, Women, Sisters, and Friends, in Hollywood .

      1979:

      Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs
      The Cruz Brothers and
      Miss Malloy,
      a 57-minute film adapted from a short story.

      1982:
      Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs her first feature,
      Losing Ground.

      1986 / 1988
      :
      Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs 
      Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement


      NOTE:

      Links to more information about Gouldtown, NJ
      (as well as to a few other 'Tri-Racial Isolate' Communities)

      http://blacktowns.org/cumberland/gouldtown/index.htm
      www.cinewomenny.org/cinenews/jul02/ifshewerealive.html
      http://www.mitsawoket.com/DelmarvaAreaCivilWarPensions.htm
      http://www.mitsawokett.com/FamilyHistories/CorneliusHandsor_bc1804/pafn15.htm
      http://www.mitsawokett.com/FamilyHistories/ElishaDurham_bc1794/pafn11.htm
      http://www.njpinelandsanddownjersey.com/open/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=290
      http://www.mitsawokett.com/MoorsOfDelaware/Ebony1952.htm
      http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC01441631&id=wDCxQrWlf4UC&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=gouldtown&ie=ISO-8859-1
      http://www.njpinelandsanddownjersey.com/open/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=290
      http://www.getnj.com/njags/tours/tour29.shtml
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180718/

      http://www.sistersincinema.com/filmmakers/index.html  
      http://mymovies.imdb.com/name/nm0172432/filmoyear
      http://geechee.tv/Diaspora.html

    • samuelcvpr
      Very interesting article In MGM-Mixed@yahoogroups.com, AP Gifts wrote: Gouldtown, New Jersey (located in Cumberland County): An All-American
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 24, 2009
        Very interesting article



        In MGM-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
        "AP Gifts" <soaptalk@...> wrote:



        Gouldtown, New Jersey

        (located in Cumberland County):

        An All-American 'Mixed-Race Community'

        Despite the fact that the article found in the
        photos listed below refers to it by the archaic
        and 'One-Droppist' term of -- "Negro" Community"
        --- it is still a very good article that also
        makes it abundantly clear that the city of
        Gouldtown, N.J. was actually an historically very
        Multi-Racial (not 'Mono'-Racial) American community.


        So ... for all our members on the East Coast ...
        maybe someone could investigate to find out
        more about the history of this Mixed-Race
        community of people -- and -- if you would
        recommend arrangement of a MGM-Mixed 'Road
        Trip' or other event in or near the area.

        Also -- if you or any of your relatives are
        from this Town or County -- (or any like it) --
        can you share with us -- more of what you know?


        The city of GOULDTOWN, N.J. has been referred
        to as "A Colony of Mulattoes"; and traces it's
        history back more than 250 years; and most of
        it's residents have been found to be largely
        the descendants of four Mulatto families that
        have intermarried for more than 200 years with
        only an occasional infiltration of other blood.

        These four families were named
        Gould, Pierce, Murray, and Cuff.

        The Goulds are believed to be descendants
        of John Fenwick, Quaker proprietor of the
        "Salem Tenth" in West New Jersey, who
        colonized this region.Elizabeth Adams,
        a White granddaughter of Fenwick,
        who inherited 500 acres of land
        and married a Black man named Gould,
        is considered the founder of Gouldtown.

        Richard and Anthony Pierce, West Indian
        Mulattoes, also settled here about 1750.
        They paid the passage from Holland
        for White sisters, Maria and Hannah
        Van Vaca, and married them upon arrival.
        The Murrays are believed to be of Indian descent;
        and the original Cuff was a formerly enslaved
        man who had married the widow of the man who
        once held him in trapped in chattel slavery.

        The community stretches for several miles
        along the highway and nearby dirt roads …

        A book has been written about Gouldtown, NJ:

        "The Gouldtown Book" can be purchased at the:
        Fairfield Township Board of Eduction (Fairton
        Primary School), Ramah Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.
        Phone number 856-451-4990,
        ask to speak with 'Carol Gould'.

        In addition, a film has been made about Gouldtown, NJ:

        The Film – `Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement'
        was directed by Kathleen Collins-Prettyman
        [a.k.a. Kathleen (Conway) Collins (Prettyman)]
        who was a playwright, scriptwriter, filmmaker,
        director, novelist, short story writer, and educator.

        Photos are taken from the article entitled
        `America's Oldest "Negro" Community'
        "Gouldtown traces it's history back 250
        years to an Inter-Racial Marriage"
        'Ebony' magazine / February, 1952 Edition

        For a view at the individual photographs
        of Gouldtown, N.J. – click here:
        http://www.mitsawokett.com/MoorsOfDelaware/Ebony1952-LargeImage.htm

        More Information about filmmake, Kathleen Conwell –
        director of the film `Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement':

        Born Kathleen Conwell in Jersey City, she was
        the daughter of Frank and Loretta Conwell.
        Her father, who had worked as a mortician,
        then became the principal of a high school
        now named after him; and later became
        the first New Jersey state legislator
        who was also a member of the
        African-American Ethnic grouping.

        In 1963, after receiving her BA in philosophy
        and religion from Skidmore College, Collins
        worked on southern voter registration for the
        Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

        In 1966 she earned an MA in French literature and cinema
        through the Middle-bury program at Paris's Sorbonne.
        Joining the editorial and production staff at a
        New York City Public Broadcasting Service station,
        Collins worked as a film editor and began writing stories.
        In 1974, soon after ending her marriage to Douglas
        Collins, she became a professor of film history and
        screenwriting at the City College of New York.

        Adapting Henry H. Roth's fiction for the screen
        in The Cruz Brothers and Mrs. Malloy (1980),

        Collins became the first African-American
        woman to write, direct, and produce
        a full-length feature film.

        Her film won first prize at the
        Sinking Creek Film Festival.

        Collins's second feature, Losing Ground (1982),
        directed, co-produced, and based on an original
        screenplay by her, won Portugal's Figueroa de Foz
        Film Festival and garnered international acclaim.

        (Her screenplay, which differs in some significant
        ways from the film, is included in Screenplays
        of the African-American Experience, 1991,
        edited by Phyllis Rauch Klotman.) …

        While making films, Collins
        produced equally remarkable drama.

        In the Midnight Hour (1981) portrayed a middle-class
        black family at the outset of the Civil Rights Movement.

        The Brothers (1982) was named one of the
        twelve outstanding plays of the season
        by the Theatre Communications Group
        and published in Margaret B.Wilkerson's
        Nine Plays by Black Women (1986).

        It delineates the impact of racism and
        sexism on a middle-class black family
        from 1948 to 1968 as articulated
        by six intelligent, witty, and
        strikingly different women.

        The brothers themselves, though never seen, are
        vibrant presences through the women's remarks.

        In 1983 Collins reencountered Alfred
        Prettyman whom she had known twenty years
        earlier and four years later they were married.

        One week after their marriage,
        she learned that she had cancer.

        At the time of her death, she had completed a
        new screenplay, Conversations with Julie, her
        sixth stage play, Waiting for Jane, and a final
        draft of her novel, Lollie: A Suburban Tale.

        As more of her work appears, her already fine reputation
        as filmmaker and playwright will surely rise and be
        further enhanced by a new reputation in fiction.

        Timeline of Kathleen Collins-Prettyman's Career:
        Kathleen Collins was the first African-American
        woman to make and release a feature film.


        1971:
        Kathleen Collins Prettyman completes graduate
        film studies at the Sorbonne in France and
        unsuccessfully shops her feature-film script,
        Women, Sisters, and Friends, in Hollywood.

        1979:
        Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs
        The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy, a
        57-minute film adapted from a short story.

        1982:
        Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs
        her first feature, Losing Ground.

        1986 / 1988:
        Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs
        Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement


        NOTE:

        Links to more information about Gouldtown, NJ
        (as well as to a few other 'Tri-Racial Isolate' Communities)

        http://blacktowns.org/cumberland/gouldtown/index.htm
        http://www.cinewomenny.org/cinenews/jul02/ifshewerealive.html
        http://www.mitsawoket.com/DelmarvaAreaCivilWarPensions.htm
        http://www.mitsawokett.com/FamilyHistories/CorneliusHandsor_bc1804/pafn15.htm
        http://www.mitsawokett.com/FamilyHistories/ElishaDurham_bc1794/pafn11.htm
        http://www.njpinelandsanddownjersey.com/open/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=290
        http://www.mitsawokett.com/MoorsOfDelaware/Ebony1952.htm
        http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC01441631&id=wDCxQrWlf4UC&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=gouldtown&ie=ISO-8859-1
        http://www.njpinelandsanddownjersey.com/open/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=290
        http://www.getnj.com/njags/tours/tour29.shtml
        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180718/
        http://www.sistersincinema.com/filmmakers/index.html
        http://mymovies.imdb.com/name/nm0172432/filmoyear
        http://geechee.tv/Diaspora.html
      • AP Gifts
        Gouldtown, New Jersey (located in Cumberland County): An All-American Mixed-Race Community Despite the fact that the article found in the photos listed below
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 3, 2010

          Gouldtown, New Jersey

          (located in Cumberland County):

          An All-American 'Mixed-Race Community' 

          Despite the fact that the article found in the photos listed 
          below refers to it by the archaic and 'One-Droppist' term 
          of -- "Negro" Community" --- it is still a very good article 
          that also makes it abundantly clear that the city of 
          Gouldtown, N.J. was actually an historically very 
          Multi-Racial (not 'Mono'-Racial) American community.



          :)  So ... for all our members on the East Coast ... maybe someone could investigate to find 
          out more about the history of this Mixed-Race community of people -- and --if you'd 
          recommend arrangement of a MGM-Mixed 'Road Trip' or other event in or near the area.
           

          Also -- if you or any of your relatives are from this Town or County -- 
          (or any like it) -- can you share with us -- more of what you know?  ;;)
           

          The city of GOULDTOWN, N.J. has been referred to as "A Colony of Mulattoes"
          and traces it's history back more than 250 years; and most of it's residents have been 
          found to be largely the descendants of four Mulatto families that have intermarried 
          for more than 200 years with only an occasional infiltration of other blood. 

          These four families were named Gould, Pierce,  Murray , and Cuff. 

          The Goulds are believed to be descendants of John Fenwick, 
          Quaker proprietor of the "Salem Tenth" in West New Jersey, who 
          colonized this region.Elizabeth Adams, a White granddaughter of 
          Fenwick, who inherited 500 acres of land and married a Black man 
          named Gould, is considered the founder of Gouldtown. 

          Richard and Anthony Pierce, West Indian Mulattoes, also settled here about 1750.
          They paid the passage from  Holland  for White sisters, 
          Maria and Hannah Van Vaca, and married them upon arrival. 
          The Murrays are believed to be of Indian descent; and the original Cuff 
          was a formerly enslaved man who had married the widow 
          of the man who once held him in trapped in chattel slavery.

          The community stretches for several miles along the highway and nearby dirt roads …

          A book has been written about Gouldtown, NJ:

          "The Gouldtown Book" can be purchased at the: Fairfield Township Board of Eduction 
          (Fairton Primary School), Ramah Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. 
          Phone number 856-451-4990, ask to speak with 'Carol Gould'.

          In addition, a film has been made about  Gouldtown ,  NJ :

          The Film – `Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement' 
          was directed by Kathleen Collins-Prettyman 
          [a.k.a. Kathleen  ( Conway ) Collins (Prettyman)]
          who was a playwright, scriptwriter, filmmaker, 
          director, novelist, short story writer, and educator.


           

           

           

           

          Photos are taken from the article entitled
           `America's Oldest "
          Negro" Community' 
          "Gouldtown traces it's history back 250 
          years to an Inter-Racial Marriage"
           

          'Ebony' magazine / February,  1952 Edition 


          For a view at the individual photographs 
          of Gouldtown, N.J. – click here:
          http://www.mitsawokett.com/MoorsOfDelaware/Ebony1952-LargeImage.htm 


          More Information about filmmake, Kathleen Conwell – 
          director of the film `
          Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement':


          Born Kathleen Conwell in Jersey City, she was 
          the daughter of Frank and Loretta Conwell.
          Her father, who had worked as a mortician, then 
          became the principal of a high school now named after him; 
          and later became the first  New Jersey  state legislator who 
          was also a member of the 
          African-American Ethnic grouping.

          In 1963, after receiving her BA in philosophy and religion from 
          Skidmore College, Collins worked on southern voter registration 
          for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

          In 1966 she earned an MA in French literature and cinema 
          through the Middle-bury program at  Paris 's Sorbonne.
          Joining the editorial and production staff at a 
          New York City Public Broadcasting Service station, 
          Collins worked as a film editor and began writing stories.
          In 1974, soon after ending her marriage to Douglas Collins, 
          she became a professor of film history and 
          screenwriting at the City College of New York.

          Adapting Henry H. Roth's fiction for the screen 
          in The Cruz Brothers and Mrs. Malloy (1980), 

          Collins became the first 
          African-American woman to 
          write, direct, and produce a full-length feature film.

          Her film won first prize at the Sinking Creek Film Festival.

          Collins's second feature, Losing Ground (1982), directed, co-produced, 
          and based on an original screenplay by her, won Portugal's 
          Figueroa de Foz Film Festival and garnered international acclaim.

          (Her screenplay, which differs in some significant ways from 
          the film, is included in Screenplays of the 
          African-American 
          Experience, 1991, edited by Phyllis Rauch Klotman.) …

          While making films, Collins produced equally remarkable drama.

          In the Midnight Hour (1981) portrayed a middle-class 
          black family at the outset of the Civil Rights Movement.

          The Brothers (1982) was named one of the twelve outstanding plays 
          of the season by the Theatre Communications Group and published 
          in Margaret B.Wilkerson's Nine Plays by Black Women (1986).

          It delineates the impact of racism and sexism on a middle-class 
          black family from 1948 to 1968 as articulated by six 
          intelligent, witty, and strikingly different women.

          The brothers themselves, though never seen, are 
          vibrant presences through the women's remarks.

          In 1983 Collins reencountered Alfred Prettyman whom she had 
          known twenty years earlier and four years later they were married.

          One week after their marriage, she learned that she had cancer.

          At the time of her death, she had completed a new screenplay, 
          Conversations with Julie, her sixth stage play, Waiting for 
          Jane
          , and a final draft of her novel, Lollie: A Suburban Tale.

          As more of her work appears, her already fine reputation 
          as filmmaker and playwright will surely rise and be 
          further enhanced by a new reputation in fiction.

          Timeline of Kathleen Collins-Prettyman's Career:
          Kathleen Collins was the first African-American 
          woman to make and release a feature film.

          1971:  
          Kathleen Collins Prettyman completes graduate film studies  at the Sorbonne in  France  and 
          unsuccessfully shops her  feature-film script, Women, Sisters, and Friends, in  Hollywood .

          1979:

          Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs 
          The Cruz Brothers and
          Miss Malloy, 
          a 57-minute film adapted from a short story.

          1982:
          Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs her first feature, 
          Losing Ground.

          1986 / 1988
          :
          Kathleen Collins Prettyman directs 
          Gouldtown: A Mulatto Settlement 


          NOTE:

          Links to more information about Gouldtown, NJ
          (as well as to a few other 'Tri-Racial Isolate' Communities)

          http://blacktowns.org/cumberland/gouldtown/index.htm 
          www.cinewomenny.org/cinenews/jul02/ifshewerealive.html 
          http://www.mitsawoket.com/DelmarvaAreaCivilWarPensions.htm 
          http://www.mitsawokett.com/FamilyHistories/CorneliusHandsor_bc1804/pafn15.htm 
          http://www.mitsawokett.com/FamilyHistories/ElishaDurham_bc1794/pafn11.htm 
          http://www.njpinelandsanddownjersey.com/open/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=290 
          http://www.mitsawokett.com/MoorsOfDelaware/Ebony1952.htm
          http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC01441631&id=wDCxQrWlf4UC&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=gouldtown&ie=ISO-8859-1 
          http://www.njpinelandsanddownjersey.com/open/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=290 
          http://www.getnj.com/njags/tours/tour29.shtml 
          http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180718/
           
          http://www.sistersincinema.com/filmmakers/index.html  
          http://mymovies.imdb.com/name/nm0172432/filmoyear 
          http://geechee.tv/Diaspora.html


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