Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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In Camden, a Memorial Marks Where Slaves Were Brought Ashore

Nov 27, 2017
In The News

The New York Times. By Nick Corasaniti

It is a small marker, a cast-iron sign proclaiming in large gold letters the weight of America’s original sin: “Enslaved Africans Once Sold Here.” The sign was unveiled on Monday in a park here, where the waters of the Delaware River once reached and where overcrowded ships arrived carrying people from Africa to be sold off as slaves.

“It means so much to me that folks get this truth,” Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, told the audience during a ceremony. “Slaves were sold. Right here. It’s part of our history. It must be remembered.”

...“Over the summer, so many of us remember watching TV and Charlottesville,” said Representative Donald Norcross, a Democrat, who also spoke at the ceremony. He quoted a line attributed to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed during the protests in Charlottesville: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

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