The public can vote for two South Jersey historical figures in the running for this year's New Jersey Hall of Fame induction.

Sara Spencer Washington and Dr. James Still, both African-Americans, are up for the honor in the historical and enterprise categories, respectively.

Washington helped launch a booming industry of black hair salons and beauty products through her Atlantic City-based Apex News and Hair Co. By the mid-1930s, the school that was opened alongside her business was training 4,000 new hair stylists each year.

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Still, the son of former slaves, became known as the "doctor of the Pinelands." From his office in Medford Township, Burlington County, he traveled across the region tending to the sick and had a biracial clientele. He published his autobiography in 1877, five years prior to his death.

More than 60 New Jerseyans have been honored since the first ceremony in 2008. The general public can vote for the inductees at until May 6.

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