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Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
The Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, along with the Sourland Conservancy, has partnered to create the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), the first African American museum in central New Jersey. 


The museum will be housed in the Mt. Zion AME Church which has been dormant for over a decade. Mt. Zion AME was organized in 1866 by African American residents who descended from free and enslaved people who lived in the Sourland region. Originally located in Zion, in 1899 the building was dismantled and moved lower down the Sourland ridge to its present location on Hollow Road from land donated by the True family. This one-room, clapboard structure stands just as it did over a century and a half ago with its original pews and old kerosene chandelier. 


The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum will feature exhibits, present lectures, programming and cultural activities. Although the mission of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum is to educate and engage the public about the unique culture and contributions of the African American community of the Sourland region, we want our visitors to enjoy this museum as a sanctuary alive in history that steps back in time.