Liberty Corner had the REAL Zip the Pinhead – Yow!

Zippy the Pinhead - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

“Bet you didn’t know that ” series continues. Liberty Corner’s Most Famous Resident? You decide.  Cartoonist Bill Griffith’s comic strip entitled “Zippy the Pinhead” was inspired by Liberty Corner’s William Henry “Zip” Johnson, a local resident born back in 1842. Known as the son of a former slave, and the “Dean of Freaks” in P.T Barnum’s freakshow,  Zip Johnson might just be the town’s most infamous resident. Born in 1842 to Liberty Corner, New Jersey parents William and Mahalia Johnson, former slaves, William Jr. was know to be a microcephalic (pinhead), a person with a small, tapering…

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