September 13, 2004
Society Receives Grant for Photography Exhibit

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities has awarded the Lawnside Historical Society a $500 grant to stage an exhibit of photographs by Raymond L. Fussell from Oct. 14 through 23 at the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum.

The exhibit called, "Our History Through His Lens," features pictures of Society activities and events in Lawnside from 2002 through 2004. Mr. Fussell's work can be sampled in the Image Gallery of this Web site.

Mr. Fussell's mother was given a box camera by her father when she completed eighth grade. She gave her son a Kodak folding camera when he finished eighth grade in 1944 and he has been taking photographs ever since.

Mr. Fussell prefers digital photography today, shoots mainly in color and prints his own work. He has captured the New Jersey Secretary of State's Underground Railroad Walk Across New Jersey in 2002, the 22nd Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops in 2003 and the dedication of the gravestone of the Congressional Medal of Honor winner buried at Mt. Peace Cemetery. More than 50 images will be on display.

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"This is something I could do as my contribution to the Society. I have loved photography since I was a child. I've carried a camera with me wherever I've gone," said Mr. Fussell.

Painter, jazz enthusiast and genealogist, he lives in Saddlertown, the historic Underground Railroad enclave in Haddon Township and has longstanding family roots in Lawnside.

The Society will hold an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Mott House. Mr. Fussell will discuss the importance of documenting African-American community life.

The exhibit can be viewed on Saturday, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. and on other days during that period by appointment. It is free and open to the public. The grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities is part of Humanities Festival Week activities sponsored throughout the state. The Council is a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Peter Mott House is located at 26 Kings Court, Lawnside, off Gloucester Avenue at Moore Avenue. Parking is available behind the Mott House near the New Jersey Turnpike. Parking is not allowed on Kings Court.

For more information, call the Mott House at 856-546-8850.

This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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