Thomas Mundy Peterson School
In 1989 Public School No. 1 was renamed in honor of the first African American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The son of former slaves, Thomas Mundy Peterson (1825-1904) cast his ballot in a municipal referendum on March 31, 1870, at Perth Amboy City Hall. Mr. Peterson served as custodian of Public School No. 1 from the time of its opening in 1871 until 1877.
This Historic Site Marker is a gift to the people of Perth Amboy from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 2012.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Market Square (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington (about 700 feet away); The Polish Veterans of World War II, Post 40 (about 700 feet away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (about 700 feet away); The Bill of Rights Arch (about 700 feet away); The Perth Amboy Fireman's Triangle Forged 1883 (about 800 feet away); Surveyor General's Office (about 800 feet away); The Earl of Perth (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perth Amboy.
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