Why is this museum important?
Residents and visitors will learn about the history of African Americans in the Sourland region and Hopewell Valley.
School and community groups will have educational, cultural and community-building experiences.
The identity and special character of the Sourland region will be enriched and expanded to include the “African American story.”
How can you help?
Your tax deductible contribution will fund many aspects of this project, including:
Display materials, frames, and signage.
Sculptures depicting African American life and culture.
Education and outreach materials.
Needed repairs and maintenance to building and grounds.
Insurance and utility costs.
Fees and costs associated with speakers, experts, consultants, and staff time.
Support the Sourland African American Museum
and Environmental Complex
SSAAM and the Sourland Conservancy received a New Jersey Historic Trust Grant to develop a Master Site Plan for the Sourland African American Museum and Environmental Complex. This Center, which will be located adjacent to the historic-register listed Mt. Zion AME Church on Hollow Road in Skillman, will enable our organizations to better achieve our missions by providing space for educational programs, history and art exhibitions, lectures and performances, and offices.
We have hired Mills & Schnoering Architects, LLC of Princeton, NJ to create the Plan. The following identifies some specific elements that would be reviewed for incorporation into a Master Plan for the site. There may be additional items that come out of the program sessions:
• Parking and drop-off
• Pedestrian connections, including site signage
• Office space
• Landscape features, including outdoor assembly, new landscape, vegetable and medicinal gardens, and rain garden
• Museum/artifact display
• Shared visitor facilities for the Conservancy and SSAAM
• Appropriate public and private bathrooms and sanitary facilities
• Environmental Center for Sourland Conservancy
Donating By Check
Please indicate on the memo line whether you wish to contribute to SSAAM's programming and general operations, or to the Sourland Education and Exhibit Center, a join venture with the Sourland Conservancy.
Please mail checks payable to SSAAM to:
PO Box 162
Hopewell, NJ 08525
SSAAM is a 501 c 3 tax exempt, nonprofit organization. Tax ID # 81-2811228