Ralph Hunter, director of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, talks about the museum items.
Ralph Hunter, a 75-year-old Atlantic City resident, founded the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey 11 years ago.
- Ralph Hunter at a glance
Title: Co-founder and director of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
Lives in: Atlantic City
Originally from: Philadelphia
Education: Attended Temple University for one year in 1955, studied marketing
Professional background: Worked as a manager at Atlantic City’s Garwood Mills; as a buyer then division president for Reese Palley’s A Shop Called East; then owned and operated a chain of stores called Ginza in malls around the region, selling items from all over the world. Opened Lucky Elephant gift shop in Resorts International when it opened in 1978. Retired from retail in 1994 to focus on his collection.
Museum data: According to the latest IRS documents on file, the museum raised $27,766 in 2010 and spent $25,727.
If you go
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey in the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
Visit www.aahmsnj.org or call 609-704-5495. Email email@example.com.
How to get there
From Atlantic City via the expressway:
Take the Atlantic City Expressway west to Exit 28 for Route 54. When exiting, stay in the right lane; go down 1/8 mile until you see a U-turn for Route 54 south. Stay on Route 54 until the second traffic light (milepost 4); turn left onto Jackson Road. Go about one mile to the Martin Luther King Center.
From Atlantic City via Route 40/322:
Go past the Hamilton Mall on Route 322 toward Philadelphia for about 16 miles to Route 54 south. Go to the first traffic light, turn left onto Jackson Road. Go about one mile to the Martin Luther King Center.
Watch the conversation
For video of our interview with Ralph Hunter, type in http://bit.ly/14Kh3HD
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 2:15 am
Ralph Hunter, 75, of Atlantic City, co-founded and directs the nonprofit African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey in the Newtonville section of Buena Vista Township. Hunter opened it 11 years ago with his private collection of African-American memorabilia, and the nonprofit has added to the collection throughout the years. Hunter recently signed a contract to write “Atlantic City Icons,” his first book, for local-history publisher Arcadia Publishing, of Mount Pleasant, S.C. He spoke to The Press of Atlantic City about Black History Month, the museum and its collection.
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