A. P. Smith was the African American publisher of The Landscape, a four-page monthly that he wrote and printed in his home at the top of East Allendale Road on the corner of Chestnut Ridge Road in Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey.
Smith wrote in later years that when he started his paper in 1881, it was “the only newspaper in Bergen County north of Hackensack.” Smith also claimed to be descended from the same family in Rockland County as the noted abolitionist Gerrit Smith.
The Historical Society of Rockland County and the Northwest Bergen History Coalition will host their 2021 History Luncheon, “The Legacy of Alfred P. Smith,” on Wednesday, November 10th at the Ramsey Country Club in Ramsey NJ.
This year’s special guest speaker, Arnold Brown, has been exploring the history of African Americans in Bergen County for many years, with a special focus on A. P. Smith.
Arnold Brown was the first African American elected to represent Bergen County in the New Jersey Legislature. He grew up in Englewood and graduated from Bowling Green University and Rutgers University Law School. As an adjunct to his research, he is the owner of DuBois Book Center in Englewood, which features books on African American history.
This program will begin at 11 am, with lunch served noon. The Ramsey Country Club is located at 105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, NJ. Registration is required and is $50 per person. For more information or to register, click here.