The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) and the Sourland Conservancy announce that the New Jersey Historic Trust (NJHT) has recommended a preservation grant for a Historic Site Management Project Plan, from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund, in the amount of $75,000, to support the two organizations’ jointly-owned True Farmstead on Hollow Road in Skillman.
The Garden State Preservation Trust was expected to authorize the grant award at its October meeting.
The NJHT Grant will enable the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum to bring to light the significant contributions made by African American families to the history and culture of this region. The True family lived at the Farmstead from 1881 – 1994. Their contributions ranged from service in the Civil War to playing a crucial role in the life of the historic register-listed Mt. Zion AME Church and the historic Camp Meetings, held in support of Mt. Zion AME and the local community.
The grant will enable the Sourland Conservancy to provide a model for good land stewardship in the environmentally critical and sensitive Sourland Mountain Region. The component of the preservation plan will include elimination of invasive plants from the property, planting of indigenous plants, and creating spaces for demonstrations and workshops related to ecology, history, the relationship between the two, and social and environmental justice.