Community History

Exploring, Documenting, and Sharing Cape May's Diverse History


CCA’s Community History Program is dedicated to discovering, preserving and presenting the African American history of Cape May County.

The Program creates annual exhibits and panel discussions in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, presents African American Heritage Walking Tours during Cape May’s tourist season and by appointment, and administers the growing John T. and Janet D. Nash Archives of African American History.

In collaboration with CCA’s Youth Arts Program, the Community History Program presents events and exhibits, such as our permanent exhibit at the Cape May County Museum in Cape May Court House. Take CCA’s Underground Railroad trolley tour (offered in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities) to the places where escaped slaves sought refuge and help to continue their journeys to freedom.  

The Program has the following accomplishments to its credit:

  • Won NJ African American Historic Site designation for Cape May’s Franklin Street School

  • Established the John and Janet Nash African American History Archives now preserving over 5,000 artifacts, oral histories and photographs of African American life in Cape May County.

  • Researched, scripted and now promote and offers the African American Walking Tour of Cape May.

Past Exhibits

exhibits by Community Center For The Arts in partnership with many great supporters