The idea for a New Jersey Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) was first discussed September 13, 1989. Under the guiding hands of the late Jean Sampson Scott, Chapter Establishment Chairperson for the AAHGS and a steering group led by Elizabeth Peale Johnson and Theodore Brunson, Director of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum of Jersey City, NJ. The idea became a reality, with Mr. Brunson offering the museum as its meeting place. On October 14th 1989, eleven people signed the chapter establishment applications as charter members. The official charter of The New Jersey Chapter was presented by Sylvia Cook Martin, National AAHGS President on April 13, 1990.


  • Conducted genealogy workshops throughout the state
  • Established a speakers bureau
  • Led members on trips to local branches of the National Archives
  • Published Journals and Newsletters
  • Conducting ongoing project of identifying people of color residing in NJ counties from the United States Census of 1880

Chapter members continue to provide programs on:

  1. How to research family ancestry
  2. How to plan family reunions
  3. Observance of Black History Month and Kwanzaa