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On Exhibit at Robeson Library: Treasures from the Peter Mott House & the Lawnside Historical Society

February 1, 2019
Uncle Tom's cabin

First edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Opera glasses and pocket watches

The opera glasses and pocket watches of famed Underground Railroad conductor William Still.

Treasures from the Peter Mott House & the Lawnside Historical Society is now on display at the Paul Robeson Library through March 1, 2019.

The Peter Mott House is the oldest known house in Lawnside, New Jersey. Built circa 1845, the house was residence to Peter Mott, an African American preacher who was the first Sunday school superintendent at Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lawnside, and his wife, Eliza. Mott was also an agent of the Underground Railroad and, according to oral tradition, would transport freedom seekers in his horse-drawn wagon to members of the Society of Friends in Haddonfield in Moorestown.

The Borough of Lawnside, located eight miles north of Camden, is the only historically African American incorporated municipality in the northern United States. The Lawnside Historical Society has fought to preserve, acquire, and maintain the Peter Mott House. In February 1992, the Society was handed the deed to the property. The house was restored as a museum and opened to the public in October 2001. The property is now listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

Original artifacts on display at Robeson Library from the Lawnside Historical Society include a first edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, an annotated book of abolitionist poetry, photographs of the Peter Mott House, and the opera glasses and pocket watches of famed Underground Railroad conductor William Still.

For more information about the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum and the Lawnside Historical Society, please visit them on Facebook.