The Future place of Harriet Tubman Museum

Hampton Taylor, deacon, Macedonia Baptist Church; Cynthia Mullock, executive director, Harriet Tubman Museum; Barbara Dreyfuss, trustee, Harriet Tubman Museum; and the Rev. Harold Harris, Macedonia Baptist Church, visit the future site of the Harriet Tubman Museum at 632 Lafayette St. in Cape May.

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.

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.

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