Joe Zemla

Joe Zemla is the Associate Curator of the Monmouth County Historical Association, which operates five historic houses and maintains a collection of nearly 40,000 objects pertaining to Monmouth and New Jersey history. His current work focuses heavily on New Jersey’s often overlooked history of slavery, and using various research methods and interpretive methodologies to bring this narrative into sharper focus. He co-curated MCHA’s exhibit “Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall,” based in part on material evidence uncovered within the home that indicates retained African spirituality among the enslaved. Joe has recently presented these findings and related research at events hosted by the New Jersey Historical Commission, Monmouth University, and the Society for Historical Archeology.  

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