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Perth Amboy in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Thomas Mundy Peterson School

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
1. Thomas Mundy Peterson School Marker
Inscription. Built n 1871, this was the first public school building in Perth Amboy. The original eight-room school, which was doubled in size in 1905, exemplifies the best class of public school building erected in New Jersey in the years after the Civil War. These schools are characterized by masonry construction with a projecting entrance porch and stair tower. This Italianate style also includes arched windows, a low –pitched hip roof and wide overhanging eaves supported by heavy brackets. Such buildings reflected the growing civic pride and consensus in favor of public education.

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.
 
Location. 40° 30.454′ N, 74° 16.085′ W. Marker is in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perth Amboy NJ 08861, United States of America.
 
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Thomas Mundy Peterson School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
2. Thomas Mundy Peterson School Marker
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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Thomas Mundy Peterson School image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
3. Thomas Mundy Peterson School
 
 
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