Notable Black Americans in South Brunswick History
Civil War Veteran
Key Points: (Summarized from the People–Hush, Aaron file) Born in Somerville in the 1840s Married to Sarah Catherine Roberts, with whom he had 8 children…
Theodore “Ted” Cherry
Born in Woodland, N.C. 1932 Served in the Army 1957-58 Moved to South Brunswick 1968 Taught science at Crossroads School and was chairman of the…
Debra M.S. Johnson immigrated to the United States from Jamaica in 1970 and moved to South Brunswick in 1972 In 1994 Debra became Township Committeewoman …
Myrna Yvonne Smith
Myrna Yvonne Smith was a backup singer for Elvis Presley and taught English at South Brunswick High School
Vivian Stringer lives in South Brunswick Mrs. Stringer is the Rutgers University’s head coach for the women’s basketball team She is one of the winningest…
Macon’s Inn The first African American owned business in South Brunswick
- Macon’s Willow Inn on Route 1 and Raymond Road was credited as the first African American owned business in South Brunswick. It was owned and operated by Mr. Pleasant Macon.
- Macon’s Willow Inn was the former Longstreet Inn, built in 1809 as a roadside tavern on the Trenton-New Brunswick Straight Turnpike (Route 1) at Raymond Road.
- The Macon Inn was part of a group of restaurants popular with African Americans in Middlesex, Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. These restaurants, known as the “Big Six”, were: The Citizens Club in Trenton, The Charcoal Inn in Princeton, Kidd Eddy’s in Little Rocky Hill, The Crossing Inn in Ewing and Mason’s Tavern in Lambertville.
- Pleasant Macon also owned a grocery store in Princeton and operated a service station adjacent to the Willow Inn of Monmouth Junction.
- The Macon Inn was demolished in the 1980’s. A Valero gas station now occupies that plot of land today.