Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum

Catherine Fulmer-Hogan, SSAAM

This Sunday I will continue my Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad journey into the former slave state of New Jersey.

Surprised, not many people realize New Jersey was a slave state. Yet it was also home to many free African Americans and provided an important gateway to freedom seekers journeying to New York City and onward to Canada.

Beginning in New Hope, Pennsylvania, Keir, Jon, and I will cross over the Delaware River and hike 15 miles east to Skillman, an unincorporated community within the Township of Montgomery, NJ. in the Sourland Mountain region. We’ll end our walk for the day at the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum located in the Mount Zion AME Church. The museum tells the story of American history from an African American perspective about life in the Hopewell Valley. Here’s a short video to learn more about the important work the founders of this museum are doing.