Harriet Tubman Museum Set To Open In 2020 In New Jersey
The museum will also have artifacts from the Underground Railroad.
A museum honoring Harriet Tubman’s life and history is scheduled to open in June 2020 in New Jersey, ABC News reports.
The Harriet Tubman Museum will be located next to Macedonia Baptist Church in Cape May, a town where the abolitionist earned money as a hotel worker and cook.
Zack Mullock, a Cape May city councilman, is managing the museum’s construction. He told ABC that local institutions and individuals have raised nearly $160,000 of the $500,000 needed for the exhibit to open.
Bob Mullock, Zack’s father, came up with the museum’s concept, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Mullock said he and his family have been in contact with the team behind the new movie Harriet, a feature film about the abolitionist. The movie will be shown at the museum’s grand opening on June 19, 2020, to coincide with Juneteenth.
The museum's opening will also coincide with what would’ve been Tubman’s 200th birthday, as reflected on her gravestone, The Philadelphia Inquirer notes.
On display at the museum will be items from the Underground Railroad and Black art, including a collection of modern pieces from Rev. Robert Davies, a Macedonia Baptist Church pastor who died in 2015.
Eugene Dempsey, an 82-year-old retired maintenance technician, told ABC that he expects the museum to be a big attraction for kids.
“There’s so much [B]lack history ... it’s unbelievable,” said Dempsey, an Air Force veteran who has lived in Cape May for over six decades. “There’s just the history of the background of Harriet Tubman. What she did was amazing ... what she did as a woman ... it’s just a wonderful thing,” he said.
In addition to leading nearly 300 people out of slavery, Tubman was a Civil War spy who was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1822. Her name was Araminta Ross before she changed her name after her first marriage.
Elsewhere, in Boston, Massachusettes, it was announced that the historic Harriet Tubman House, home to a collection of organizations focused on low-income families, will be relocated to make way for commercial and residential spaces.