In 1840 the land developed as Lawnside was purchased by Abolitionists for freed and escaped slaves with the still standing Peter Mott House being a safe haven for escaped slaved traveling the Underground Railroad
March 23, 1926, New Jersey Governor A. Harry Moore signed into law State Assembly Bill 561, dissolved Center Township - of which Lawnside was a part - and incorporated the Borough of Lawnside.
This first election propelled Lawnside into the local and national spotlight and claimed its place in history, becoming the first independent self-governing African-American community north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Lawnside continued to remain a staple and landmark throughout the Civil Rights Era while still maintinain their rich historic roots.
For over 50 years, the fourth Saturday in June the uniquely historic African-American borough of Lawnside, New Jersey, celebrates what has come to be known as "Heritage Day," a day long celebration featuring a parade, family activities in the park, performances and later in the evening the festivities are capped with a huge fireworks display.
Welcome to the Lawnside Heritage Day Registration Page. Every year, Lawnside commences the day’s festivities with a parade featuring majestic floats, marching bands, community based organizations, performance groups and many more. The 1 Mile parade route travels down Lawnside’s two main streets and ends at Lawnside Park where the day continues with a multitude of activities and vendors can be found .
All funding is collected in efforts to provide a phenomenal event for the community that celebrates Lawnside's rich history, cutlrue and heritage. Please consider contributing to our efforts as they are much appreciated.
Lawnside Heritage Day Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization