Apps and maps bring the Underground Railroad to life for students in this South Jersey town

Published on on Feb. 22, 2021

When genealogist Shamele Jordon wanted to bring history alive for students at the Lawnside Public School, she found the answer right in their backyards.

Students are discovering sites and burial grounds in the South Jersey borough, a stop on the Underground Railroad that sheltered runaway slaves. They are also learning about ancestors and historical figures who developed Lawnside.

Jordon, a researcher, teamed with Muneerah Higgs, a retired Lawnside third-grade social studies teacher, to create a Black History Month project for third to eighth graders called “Visualizing Your Past.” They hope to instill pride by giving students a bird’s-eye view of their history.

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