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Public Scholars Project
The Legend of the Jersey Devil
May 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Ewing, NJ | Mercer County Library, Ewing Branch
In 1735, Mother Leeds was about to deliver her thirteenth child. Feeling tired and weary of the burden, she cursed the unborn child. According to the folklore, she gave birth to the devil’s child at their home in the Pine Barrens. Today, the tale of Jersey Devil is often discussed as just that – a tale. However, during the time of the fabled Jersey Devil’s reign of terror, South Jersey residents were truly frightened. How the accounts were reported on and the folklore that developed will be discussed during this session.
Angus Kress Gillespie, Ph.D.
Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies
Mercer County Library, Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd