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Peter Mott House


Photography By Hoag Levins ...| ...October 14, 2001

Audience at Mott House ceremony
LAWNSIDE, N.J. (Oct. 14, 2001) -- A standing-room-only crowd turned out for the dedication and official opening of the Peter Mott House & Museum here yesterday. The event capped an eleven-year-long program to save and restore the house that once served as a stop in the secret system that helped escaped slaves make their way to freedom in northern states and Canada.

Lawnside choir Joyce Fowler
The Lawnside Ecumenical Choir (above, left), which is composed of singers from several area churches, performed songs from the Underground Railroad era (Listen to Choir (RealAudio)). Master of ceremonies and Lawnside Historical Society Treasurer C. Joyce Fowler (above, right) said it was 'a historic day for Lawnside as well as the State of New Jersey.'
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County Freeholder Thomas Gurick (above, left) called the completion of a decade of Mott House restoration 'an extraordinary accomplishment.' Clinton Higgs, Jr., (above, right) surprised the crowd with a theatrical portrayal of Peter Mott. (Listen to Higgs' performance (RealAudio))

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Camden County Historical Society Executive Director John Seitter (above, left) hailed the opening of 'an important new resource for all who celebrate the county's rich multicultural heritage.' State Senator Wayne R. Bryant (above, right): 'This is one of the most exciting days I've ever spent in Lawnside.' (Listen to Sen. Bryant (RealAudio))

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Related Links:
> Underground Railroad Museum Opens in Lawnside

> Photo Feature: Mott Dedication Ceremony

> See Ceremony Program

> The Emotional Side of History

> Who Was Peter Mott?

> Photo Feature: Inside the Mott House

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