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A Community Engaged in a Broader Understanding of American History

About the Museum

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 mission is to tell the story of the unique culture, experiences, and contributions of the African American community of the Sourland Mountain region.

Our hope is that visitors will find the museum to be a sanctuary alive in history, offering a glimpse into the past as well as a deeper understanding of the vital African American traditions that continue to be relevant and meaningful today.


Plan Your Visit to SSAAM!

This fall and winter season,

SSAAM will hold regular open hours one Wednesday and one Saturday per month.


Join SSAAM co-founders Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck at the National Historic Register-listed Mt. Zion AME Church to learn about the history and contributions of African Americans in central New Jersey!


Free Admission, Donations Encouraged

*Some days may be subject to change. Please check back regularly for updated information.

Upcoming Dates:


Saturday, December 9th: 10AM-2PM

Wednesday, December 13th: 10AM-1PM


We're Seeking Your Comments!


SSAAM and the Sourland Conservancy are applying to the State of New Jersey Green Acres Program for a grant to fund acquisition of the True Farmstead at 183 Hollow Rd., Skillman, NJ, as a historic, natural, and recreational resource.

You can help by participating in a very brief survey at the link below!


Soul Food Sunday

Part 1: The History of Rice in Africa

Part 2: Making Jollof Rice

News & Updates

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