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Our Story.
Our History.
Our Time.

A Community Engaged in a Broader Understanding of American History

Located at the National Historic Register-listed Mt. Zion AME Church in Skillman, NJ, SSAAM is the only museum in Central New Jersey telling the African American story from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present day.


Our hope is that visitors will find the museum to be a sanctuary alive in history and inspired by our shared future. SSAAM offers a truthful and more inclusive sharing of the history and contributions of the founding African American families of the Sourland region of Central New Jersey since the time of New Jersey's participation in the transatlantic slave trade. We offer programming and spaces where our community comes together to understand and create solutions to repair the harm caused by American slavery. We unite to honor and celebrate the ingenuity, brilliance, resilience, and indomitable spirit of the African American community.

"Understanding the broader untold history of this region is incredibly important.
The path forward is of equal importance."


Donnetta Johnson
Executive Director

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