Building a Place for History
Beverly Mills is a retiree as the Director for the Workforce Development Board in Mercer County, New Jersey. Beverly is a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and a member on the Advisory Board and a thirty-five year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association. Along with her research partner, Elaine Buck, Beverly has co-authored a book entitled If These Stones Could Talk based on over a decade of research on the contribution of the African American population who lived in the Sourland Mountain and surrounding region. It was through this research that Beverly has been able to trace her ancestry to African Americans who were enslaved in the Hopewell Township, New Jersey area prior to the Revolutionary War. Beverly is a co-founder of Friday Truehart Consultants which is a consulting company that works closely with K-12 educators from various school systems interested in including African American history in their lesson plans and curriculum. For many years Beverly, along with fellow trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, has presented at various schools, community groups and historic sites. She has also partnered with the William Trent House, 1804 Consultants, the Grounds For Sculpture and the National Assessment of Educational Progress for the States of New Jersey to host a series of symposiums created to explore African American history in New Jersey, how to interpret African American history at historic sites and museums and how to present and discuss difficult topics in African American history. Beverly is the first African American woman to hold the elected position as a Councilwoman in Pennington Borough, NJ. Her past affiliations include Trustee on the board of Ellarslie, (The Trenton City Museum), a Trustee of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, a member of the Friends of the Trenton Public Library and Chairperson of the Trustee Board of the First Baptist Church of Pennington. Beverly currently lives in her ancestral home in Pennington, New Jersey (which has been in her family since 1911) with her husband Robert Mills to whom she has been married for forty-five years. She is also the mother of two adult sons, Jason and Drew and the grandmother of five.