Harriet Tubman Museum of Cape May
Harriet Tubman lived in Cape May in the early 1850s, working to help fund her expeditions to free fugitives. After her initial journeys transporting fugitive slaves to Canada, her friend and abolitionist leader Franklin Sanborn wrote, “She returned to the states, and as usual earned money by working in hotels and families as a cook. From Cape May, in the fall of 1852, she went back once more to Maryland, and brought away nine more fugitives.” The New Jersey Historical Commission says she spent two other summers in Cape May.
Cape May played a pivotal role in the fight to end slavery. Several historic figures critical to the fight against slavery spent their summers in Cape May.
The Harriet Tubman Museum building is located on a block that anti-slavery activists called home in Cape May. Lafayette Street and Franklin Street became a center of abolitionist activity centered around three important buildings developed in 1846.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the museum's About page.
In The News
- Tubman Museum Bill Sponsored by First District Officials Advances, Cape May County Herald, July 23, 2020.
- County Recognizes Harriet Tubman Museum as Top Anticipated Museum Opening in 2020, Cape May County Herald, February 5, 2020.
- Harriet Tubman Museum under construction in Cape May, ABC-6, August 29, 2019.
- Cape May church to create Harriet Tubman museum by 2020, Press of Atlantic City, December 16, 2018.
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- Parent Organization: Macedonia Baptist Church Cape May
- Twitter: harrietmuseum
- Video: Help Build the Harriet Tubman Museum (YouTube, 7m57s)