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 African American history museum in central New Jersey.

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.

Upcoming Events

Journey Through the Past

Saturday October 8 & Sunday October 9

Join us for Somerset County's annual JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST on the weekend of October 8 & 9

SSAAM is one of more than 30 local historic sites that will welcome visitors with fun and educational activities for the whole family. Join us at the Mt. Zion AME Church and the True Farmstead for museum tours, crafts, quilting, storytelling, and homemade food.

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