African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
Local resident Ralph Hunter, Sr. founded the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey to showcase the numerous items he collected over the years. His goal was to teach others about the Arican American experience in a truthful way that did not shy away from racist portrayals. The museum has two locations; one is housed in the Noyes Arts Garage and the other is at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center (in Newtonville). The museum contains thousands of items including paintings, books, ceramics, advertising and branding memorabilia, writings, drawings, and household decorative items.
Backstory and Context
In addition to the historical artifacts on display, the museum also offers space to local African American artists to showcase their work (at both locations). Group tours are also offered at the museum and can be made by appointment.
Photo: Noyes Arts Garage