Snow Hill in the News

Newspapers depict a town which struggled. The struggle was rarely from within, but from outside of the small town of Lawnside. Visitors from other towns, politicians from other areas, and other outsiders featured prominently. Reporting on Snow Hill by the main newspapers of the area focused on sensational stories. 

Often hidden from the pages of the mainstream media of the day, was a progressive town of African Americans growing and establishing an identity. African American newspapers like the Philadelphia Tribune offer better insight into the people of Snow Hill.

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"For a small population the two modern church edifices and the one schoolhouse seem adequate, but even in Philadelphia, we cannot boast of such as our colored brethren in Lawnside have in the way of a large, modern and finely furnished hotel. The likewise own two large halls, a third, hall (Masonic) under construction, a baseball park, business buildings, etc., to say nothing of the two negro magistrates."

"In all, Lawnside is very much like some of the southern cities, controlled by negroes, of which we often read and are anxious to behold. It is at least one progressive negro village wherein the race has golden opportunities and where they take advantage of the same." Philadelphia Tribune, 30 November 1912

Community Activities
The earliest mentions of Snow Hill, NJ in newspapers are reports of camp meetings, both religious and anti-slavery gatherings.
1820 - Camp Meeting
1820 - Camp Meeting, Snow Hill, NJ
1837 Another New Anti Slavery Society
1837 - Another New Anti Slavery Society

1835 - Lynching at Home, Snow Hill, NJ
1835 - Lynching at Home

In the wood, near a burnt out Snow Hill Meeting House suspicions are raised by unknown Philadelphians. Suspicions soon turn to violence causing an uproar in the Black and White South Jersey communities. 

Community Epidemic
1903 - Small Pox in New Jersey Town (Snow Hill, NJ)
1903 - Small Pox in New Jersey Town
1903 - State Board Appealed to (Snow Hill, NJ)
1903 - State Board Appealed to
1903 - Snow Hill Did Have Small Pox
1903 - Snow Hill Did Have Small Pox

Train Tragedies
1896 - Colored Politician Killed by Train (Snow Hill, NJ)
1896 - Colored Politician Killed by Train
1919 - Sues Railway for $25,000 (Snow Hill, NJ)
1919 - Sues Railway for $25,000

Civil War Hero
1898 - Lawson Fought with Farragut
1898 - John Lawson Fought with Farragut

Civil War Landsman John Lawson tells of his life and death struggle for survival on board the Hartford in 1864. He also shares his reaction to winning the Medal of Honor.

Joseph Partridge and the Chicken
1880 Joseph Partridge and the Chicken
Boy Falls into Father's Well
African Princess Buried at Mt Peace

1904 - Negro on School Board (Snow Hill, NJ)
1904 - Negro on School Board
1918 - Elected Magistrate (Snow Hill, NJ)
1918 - Elected Magistrate

  • "[Camp Meeting; Snow; Camden; New Jersey]," Poulson's American Daily Advertiser, 03 October 1820. Online archives.  http:// 2008

  • "Camden African Princess Bured Mt Peace," Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 July 1905. Online archives.  http:// 2008

  • "Colored Politician Killed by a Train," The Washington Post, 23 July 1896. Online archives. 2009.

  • "Dr. Read Elected Jersey Magistrate," The Chicago Defender (ProQuest), 2 March 1918. Online archives. 2009.

  • "Fought with Farragut and Then Got a Medal," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 August 1898. Online archives. 2008.

  • "Snow Hill Did Have Small-Pox,"  The Philadelphia Inquirer. 18 February 1903. Online archives. http:// 2009.

  • "Snow Hill Wm Thomas Falls Into Well," Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 October 1880. . Online archives.  http:// 2009.