Ocean County Library and the Toms River branch of the NAACP will present Noah Lewis and his portrayal of Edward “Ned” Hector, a black Revolutionary War soldier in two library locations.
This dramatization of Hector’s participation in the Battle of Brandywine (Pennsylvania) will appear at the Long Beach Island branch (217 S. Central Av, Surf City) Saturday Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.
It will also appear at the Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) Saturday Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. The Toms River program will be followed by a sampling of soul food.
Ned Hector was a teamster and artilleryman with Colonel John Proctor’s 3rd Pennsylvania Artillery Regiment.
This unit was positioned near Chad’s Ford. Late in the afternoon of September 11th, 1777 the British and Hessians began to overrun the American positions on the east side of Brandywine Creek and the order was given to abandon the guns, wagons, and horses and “save yourself”.
Hector is reported to have said, “The enemy shall not have my team; I shall save my horses and myself.” He then grabbed up a stack of abandoned weapons, threw them into his wagon and escaped with his wagon-the only salvage from his company.
Hector was never granted a pension as were many Continental soldiers. Finally, years after his service, a “grateful” Pennsylvania Legislature granted him a donation of $40 for his heroics.
Hector lived in the Norristown area where he died in 1834 at the age of 90.
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, publishers of Just Us Books, will also be on hand at Toms River Feb. 19 to showcase children’s books they sell that reflect the diversity of Black history, heritage and experiences.
Just Us Books is one of the nation’s few Black-owned publishers and is the only one exclusively dedicated to producing Black children’s books.
They started their publishing house in 1988 and have earned top industry honors including the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award for illustration in 2008.
These programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to register for them go to our Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.