Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Boonton Township Municipal Building
155 Powerville Road
Boonton Township, NJ
Charles Maraziti of Boonton Township will present an audio-visual program on the amazing life of his Great-Grandfather, Charles F. Hopkins, a Civil War veteran from New Jersey who served under General Philip Kearny with the First New Jersey Brigade. Hopkins survived battles only to be captured and incarcerated in Andersonville Prison in Georgia, from which he managed to escape twice. Following his service, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his selfless act of heroism at the Battle of Gains Mill, VA, in 1861.
Hopkins is also a recognized hero of the “Underground Railroad,” helping to transport runaway slaves to freedom in the north. Following the war, he dedicated his life to public service. Maraziti’s presentation will include a display of Hopkins’ Medal of Honor certificate and other Civil War artifacts.
To discover and collect any material which will help to establish or illustrate the history of Boonton Township and its neighboring communities.
To provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility as far as feasible to all who may wish to examine or study it.
To help preserve historic sites, buildings, monuments and markers.
To disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing material to stimulate the study of local history among elementary and high school students.