The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners has named a new County park in honor of Perth Amboy resident Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African American to vote in the U.S. after adoption of the 15th Amendment. The new Thomas Mundy Peterson Park is located on the Perth Amboy Waterfront on High St, near where Peterson lived. Peterson voted in an election on March 31, 1870, making him the first African American to vote in the U.S. after adoption of the 15th Amendment. Thomas Mundy’s vote was the start of a lifetime of civic engagement in Perth Amboy (read more).
Thomas Mundy Peterson Park is scheduled to open in summer 2021. The Middlesex County park will include a synthetic turf multi-use field that can host soccer or football; a synthetic turf field that is adjustable for softball and baseball because it includes a portable mound; a waterfront walkway with views of the Arthur Kill; and park benches. The park will also offer a convenient parking lot and comfort stations for visitors.