Excerpt from A True Story of Lawnside, N. J The early events featured by colored people of this section cover a vast area. Their recorders were few. Both the churches here were circuits, extending from Camden to Blackwood, Cape May to Mt. Laurel. Some of the ancient names of towns I have not been able to locate or identify, probably passing out of existence, and new and more thriving places have succeeded them. When you shall have read the Story of Lawnside you will be anxious to know more and may ask questions to find out. So, before you ask a question, may I ask just one. It is in the language of our grammar school graduate - Did you pass? In the dread uncertainty that reigned before we were positively informed of our ratings we became acquainted with the twin spirits of Worry and Fear, and, oh, how they troubled us! But I have learned many things since that time - in high school they taught me "Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime," also "The heights which great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." The great every-day life taught me to learn one thing every day - the church lesson is to fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. When we review the record left by our predecessors, the question is vital to us all - Did you pass? Life is a school you pass through but once; you may pass the same pace many times, but never with the same conditions or environments. Do you understand the question - Did you pass? Your home town may or may not be Lawnside, but have you helped to develop your home town in some way? The spirit of Lawnside is to "Play hard but fair." Note it in the children's games, in the civic and political organizations that do now or have existed. I repeat, as I understand Lawnside, the spirit of Lawnside is "Play hard but fair." Sometimes folks like to play hard, but ignore fair play; sometimes folkes like fair play, but do not try hard to succeed, neither of which is the inherited Lawnside spirit. We have come from obscure darkness into this present light on this platform. Can we proceed or must we discontinue and indorse another? The geographical selection of our fathers was wonderful. We have a healthy place to live, plenty of water and very little marsh or low land; convenient to the big cities, yet far enough away to be restful; the soil is productive and fertile; the environments are endearing. All we need is a record of achievements of our predecessors. If you know of any of the persons mentioned, be inspired to help to honor their home town; if you do not know any of them after reading this slight record, be a true example of your people at home.. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.