Harriet Tubman museum in works down Jersey shore

David Madden
December 29, 2018 - 4:00 am

Courtesy of Harold Harris


CAPE MAY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — A small church in Cape May is working to honor a leader in the movement to abolish slavery in this country by opening a museum in the town in 2020.

Harriet Tubman spent time in the 1850s in Cape May. Pastor Harold Harris at the Macedonia Baptist Church was approached by local business people about taking over an old, long abandoned parsonage next to the church and converting it into a museum in one of the towns along the historic Underground Railroad.

And he’d like to do it in time for another tribute to Tubman.

“She’s supposed to be on the $20 bill,” Harris said. “So we want to try to get that together so that we can commemorate what she did in Cape May.”

There’s seed money donated to get the project started, but they’ll need donations to get it done by 2020.

“Everybody is behind this,” Harris added. “It just seems like it’s an awesome thing that is going on. The church is really excited. The council and the town are really excited. It’s just an awesome thing to be a part of.”

While they’re still working on a website, you can make a contribution by mail. Checks can be made out to the Macedonia Baptist Church with a notation to have the money directed to the Tubman project.

Checks can be mailed to: 

Macedonia Baptist Church 

P.O. Box 2385

Cape May, New Jersey 08204