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.
exhibits by Community Center For The Arts in partnership with many great supporters
Exploring Cape Mays once thriving black business community.
Black fraternal, social, and civic organizations of Cape May County
A Testament to the Black Church in Cape May
To the tune of inspiration, photographs of musicians with connections to Cape May. Photographs by William W. May
Tracing the family trees of Cape May's African American families before 1700
African American Military experience from the Civil War forward
A visual journal of discovery, memory, and recognition, consisting of texts and photographs of African American Communities in southern New Jersey.
Documenting educational segregation from 1960-1954, maps, anecdotes, and photographs trace the progress of Cape Island's public education and segregation.
Exploring the lives of upper and middle class Victorian women.
Contemporary African American visual arts from New Jersey and New York.
African American Entertainers at the South Jersey Shore (1900 - 1950)
Black Professional Baseball and Community Life on the Jersey Shore from 1860 - 1954. Section on Cape May Giants.
A Century Of Beach LIfe
Cape Island's African American Heritage