The state Assembly unanimously passed a bill designating Howell House in Cape May as New Jersey’s official Harriet Tubman Museum, Assembly Democrats said Monday.
Howell House, one of Cape May’s oldest houses, was renovated into a museum honoring Tubman.
Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, R-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, was a co-sponsor.
The legislation goes to the state Senate.
CAPE MAY — Restoration is continuing at the Harriet Tubman Museum of Cape May, where future …
Howell House belongs to the historic Macedonia Baptist Church and was previously used as a parsonage. Renovations to convert the vacant house into the Tubman museum are expected to be completed this year, though a “virtual opening” was held to mark Juneteenth, when organizers had initially hoped the museum would be open to the public.
The museum will showcase Tubman’s role as a champion of civil rights while highlighting her time working in Cape May to earn income in support of her underground railroad efforts.