The town logo is a long-standing symbol of our wonderful proud heritage. It depicts the Sachem Popomora, who was the Lenape chief who sold the land that encompassed Middletown to the first settlers. It is a fitting tribute to our past and a reminder to present day residents of those who were responsible for giving us the wonderful place we are fortunate enough to call home. I think I speak for the entire Township Committee when I say that I am proud of our Middletown heritage and the recognition of those responsible for laying the groundwork for our community.
– Former Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D.
Township Committee Proclaims November 2021 as Native American Heritage Month
The Township Committee proclaimed November 2021 as Native American Heritage Month for the first time in the Township's history at a Township Committee Meeting. Claire Garland, director of Lincroft-based Sand Hill Indian Historical Association, accepted the proclamation.
Claire, a member of the Sand Hill Band of Lenape, is a tireless advocate for Native American history and rights. She is also the co-chair of the New Jersey Historical Commission of Indigenous People and the New Jersey American Indian Affairs Commission Resource Person. During the meeting, Claire provided important historical information about local Native American history, including the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans who were the original settlers of Middletown. She also presented a Native American ceremonial peace pipe made by her family.
We encourage residents to join us in honoring Native American Heritage Month and thanking those responsible for laying the groundwork for our community.