HistoryTourismBlack Heritage Trail Application & Project

About the New Jersey Black Heritage Trail
The New Jersey Black Heritage Trail was signed into law by Governor Murphy on September 7, 2022. The legislation calls for the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) to establish a Black Heritage Trail “to promote awareness and appreciation of Black history, heritage, and culture” that will “highlight Black heritage sites through historical markers and a trail-like path that connects the stories of Black life and resiliency.”


The Black Heritage Trail Marker Nomination Process
The deadline for the submission of the completed nomination is Friday, March 8, 2024, at 2:00pm. Submissions are not accepted by paper, mail or fax and must be submitted online. Please carefully read the guidelines before starting your application.

Download the New Jersey Black Heritage Trail Guidelines (PDF)
Link to the Online New Jersey Black Heritage Trail Application Form
New Jersey Black Heritage Trail Application Webinar


Application Resources
The following are resources to assist with your application:

Application Form to Print (Note: Submissions are only accepted through the online submission form)
The National Network to Freedom Suggestions for Underground Railroad Historical Research Work
Guide for Plotting Marker Location on Maps
National Register Database and Research
New Jersey and National Registers of Historic places


Information courtesy of the New Jersey Historical Commission.