Ford inserts himself into this landscape in a way very few other contemporary writers have tried: in Independence Day, he makes Frank Bascombe into a landlord who owns two properties in what he calls “the Negro trace,” a black neighborhood in Haddam, New Jersey.
(Jesse Row, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination , n.p.)
The area Port Benty, which is an example of a ‘Negro site’ exposed to such types of threat, happens to be almost ruined. In such a condition, the human settlements, cultural landscapes, historic places, monuments, archaeological sites, linked to the Negro trace are on their way to disappearing, carrying with them irreplaceable evidence.
("GUINEA---Sites and Monuments linked to Slavery: Dedicated to the International Year of the Campaign against Slavery and its Abolition," in Heritage at Risk 2004/2005)