Whitesboro-Burleigh, New Jersey

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Whitesboro-Burleigh is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Middle Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 1,836.

Whitesboro is an unincorporated community in Middle Township, Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is the principal African American center of the township.

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History

Whitesboro was founded by an African-American Equitable Industrial Association about 1901 by a group of prominent Black American investors that included Paul Laurence Dunbar and educator Booker T. Washington. The community was named for George Henry White, the leading investor, a Washington lawyer who had previously served as a Republican congressman representing North Carolina’s second legislative district. White and his fellow entrepreneurs wanted to create a self-reliant community for blacks, without the discrimination faced the southern states. Shares in the planned community were sold to African Americans from North and South Carolina and Virginia.

In 2006, the Johnson Family Historical Trust, discovered the value of its original deed to Whitesboro property from George H White Realty Company, named as one of "America's Untold Treasures", by renowned African American appraiser Phillip Merrill of Nanny and Jack. The Johnson Family Historical Trust holds rare items important to Whitesboro, such as 1936 Nationally Recognized ham radio operator James L Johnson, whose radios were not only particular to him as an aficionado, but to Whitesboro and the nation in technology.

There are more than 50 known and appraised artifacts from the original investors of the town that planned to be featured in Whitesboro in the few years to come. This summer a dig for national history will take place to uncover more artifacts at various historical sites in Whitesboro hosted by the Johnson Family Historical Trust

Geography

Whitesboro-Burleigh is located at 39°02′15″N 74°51′40″W / 39.037404°N 74.861111°W / 39.037404; -74.861111 (39.037404, -74.861111).[2]

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