In 1936 a unique children's summer camp opened on the Sourland Mountain. Although only operating for a few years, Rainbow's End Camp was an important institution - not just for what it was but also for who it was associated with. Yet almost nothing is remembered about the camp today.
|25 August 1936 Courier News|
"Atop Neshanic Mountian to the south of here has been established the first summer camp for Negroes in Northern Jersey. It is along the Zion-Montgomery Road and is known as "Rainbow's End." The place is operated by Mrs. A. C. Curly [sic] of New York City. One large dormitory building has been constructed with individual bedrooms on the first floor and a large sleeping room on the second. Mrs. Curly [sic] plans to erect another building before next summer."
This one brief paragraph contains practically the sum of what we know about Rainbow's End today. Other newspaper mentions in the 1930s concern a New York African-American Women's club The Gothamettes having a family outing at the camp in 1939, and Alma Curley's big birthday party there in 1938. No information is ever given about who the Curleys were and how these New Yorkers came to Hillsborough. As we will see in a future article, Rainbow's End was not their final connection to Hillsborough history.
|23 July 1927 Pittsburgh Courier|