Trailblazing South Jersey Politician Dies

Elwood Hampton, who became the first black Mayor of a South Jersey town that was 77% white – and later the first black Freeholder in Gloucester County, died on January 17.  He was 93. As a young man growing up in Paulsboro, Hampton had recounted stories of having to sit in the balcony of a Philadelphia movie theater because he was black. A labor leader, Hampton was elected to the