Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Storage Inn investigates South Jersey’s Underground Railroad

South Jersey’s Underground Railroad

Its mid February at The Storage Inn Self Storage here in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and we’ve already been through Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day. February, however, is also a month-long celebration of our nation’s Black History. The Storage Inn is located just outside Atlantic City, New Jersey, a city rich in Black History – Club Harlem, Chicken Bone Beach, and the Boardwalk Empire Prohibition Era come to mind immediately, but what many people don’t know, is that Atlantic and Cape May counties in southern New Jersey were integral in the success of the Underground Railroad in the mid 1800’s.

This was brought to light by one of our storage customers who happens to be the curator for the Black History section of the Atlantic City Heritage Collections at the resort’s public library. Below are the highlights of our conversation regarding the underground railroad in our area.

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used in the 19th century by slaves to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.



These safe houses were located in small communities, so those seeking freedom could go from town to town without anyone noticing them, For slaves using the Underground Railroad to escape the south, reaching Atlantic and Cape May counties offered hope that the journey to freedom might soon be over.

Communities such as Somers Point and Egg Harbor City in Atlantic County offered those escaping slavery a direct path to Pennsylvania, a state that had already outlawed slavery.

“The goal of slaves on the Underground Railroad was to make it to Pennsylvania, so when they got to Egg Harbor City, NJ they knew that freedom was just days away. I’m sure that many people don’t realize how much of an impact South Jersey had on the Underground Railroad,” said Ava, our curator.

Cape May also played a prominent role in the Underground Railroad. Cape May sits directly across the Bay from Delaware and Maryland. During that time, land crossings were actually more difficult than water crossings, so places that had water access became more popular.



Cape May was known to those seeking freedom, as a place with safe locations that they could count on.


Finding reliable numbers for escaped slaves who traveled through New Jersey, let alone Atlantic County, has proven tricky. The national estimate for those who used the Underground Railroad as a path to freedom is between 30,000 and 40,000 escapees.

You know, they say that you learn something new everyday, and today I learned something that makes me just a bit more proud of the South Jersey area!  Until the next time!

 

Let’s Go Birds!

Let’s go Birds!

Here it comes – the first Sunday in February, and that means just one thing to NFL Football fans around the world – Super Bowl!! Here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, we are a mere 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, who will be playing in their third Super Bowl ever on Sunday. The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, so the fans around here are very excited. Just today, one of our storage space customers, who coaches the local high school team, popped into the office store for some boxes . He was covered head to toe in Eagles gear. “Ready for the big game?” he asked in a half yelling voice. “ Sure am!” I answered. Both of us agreed that we would be making the drive to Philly for the parade if they win, and as Jim headed back to his storage unit, I said a little prayer for our Eagles.

Over 100 million people around the world will watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, and whether you’ll be checking out the game, the commercials, the halftime show, or all of the above, some Super Bowl trivia might come in handy – try dropping a few of these stats on your friends!

Hot Wings vs Turkey and Cranberry

Americans consume more food during the Super Bowl than any other day, except Thanksgiving. We eat 12.5 million pizzas, 28,000,000 pounds of chips, 1.25 billion chicken wings, and 8,000,000 pounds of guacamole during the Super Bowl.The fans at the game do their fair share of eating too – For example, during 2009’s Super Bowl XLIII at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, 55,200 hot dogs were sold. That’s almost one dog per fan.

This ain’t your Grandpa’s Halftime Show

Today’s Super Bowl halftime shows are filled with current pop and rock music acts, but it wasn’t always like that. The first nine Super Bowls had halftime shows that showcased college marching bands and drill teams occasionally joined by a “celebrity” like Miss Texas in 1973.

Today’s slickly produced halftime shows attract more viewers than the actual game. According to CBS, Katy Perry’s halftime performance drew 118.5 million viewers compared to the game’s 114.4 million.


Saving History!

The first Super Bowl in 1967 was broadcast by both CBS (at the time the sole NFL network) and NBC (the AFL network). Producers later erased the footage to film soap operas. Luckily a fan came forward with a personal recording of the game. Whew!

 

The Super Bowl and Mickey

The first athlete to utter “I’m going to Disney World!” in the wake of a triumphant Super Bowl performance was Phil Simms, reportedly paid $75,000 for the insta-plug in the moments after he was named MVP of the 1987 game.

The Big Prize

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is a sterling silver sculpture of a regulation-size football atop a tee-like structure, designed and manufactured by Tiffany & Co. The award weighs seven pounds and takes nearly 70 hours to forge and assemble. Its estimated value is $50,000.

That’s a lot of footballs!

216 official game balls are custom-produced for each Super Bowl game, imprinted with the team names and game logo. In total, 108 footballs are delivered to the game; the two championship contenders are allowed to do whatever they please with the rest.

OK – now you are equipped with some cool trivia that you can share during the big game! The staff and storage customers here at The Storage Inn, are rooting for the best team to win, as long as that team happens to be named the Philadelphia Eagles – Happy Super Bowl!