The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation
is a group of concerned citizens from New Jersey, who came together in July 2013
with the intent to save the home of T. Thomas Fortune, which was designated a
National Historic Landmark in 1976, located at 94 Drs. James Parker Blvd. in
Red Bank, New Jersey.
A Model for the Ages:
Private and grassroots organization merge to Preserve A National Historic Landmark, the T. Thomas Fortune house in Red Bank, New Jersey.
NEW HISTORY IN FORTUNE HOUSE
T. Thomas Fortune 1856-1928
Born into Slavery in 1856, T. Thomas Fortune went on to become one of the most influential American journalists and newspaper publishers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
He was a stalwart for social justice. “His pen knew but one theme, the divine right of man,” said Kelly Miller, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Howard University, upon Fortune’s passing in 1928.
Fortune christened his home in Red Bank New Jersey “Maple Hall,” where he and his family resided between 1901-1915. He entertained the likes of the great African American leader Booker T. Washington and other prominent figures.
The T. Thomas Fortune House is one of the most historically significant properties in the United States. It is one of only two National Historic Landmarks (NHL) in New Jersey that is significant because of its role in African American history.
This is what the home looked like in 1976 when it was nominated to the United States Department of Interior and National Parks Service for consideration as a National Historic Landmark, during the country’s bicentennial.
A Community Eyesore
The Fortune House was abandoned by its owners in 2006, and subsequently was vandalized and fell into terrible disrepair. It became an eyesore on the Westside of the Red Bank Community. The owners then filed for a demolition permit in 2013, to have the home, a National Historic Landmark, destroyed.
Noble friends, associates and supporters of T. Thomas Fortune.
We are excited to announce that the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation has received its official status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since our inception five years ago, our volunteer led community organization has worked to save the National Historic Landmark home of T. Thomas Fortune in Red Bank, NJ. Our efforts inspired developer Roger Mumford to purchase and restore the house that the Foundation will operate as a Cultural Center, when it opens in 2018. Our nonprofit status enables us to raise funds for a range of educational programming, so please join us
by making a charitable gift today!
Please make checks payable to:
T. Thomas Fortune Foundation
Mail to: T. Thomas Fortune Foundation
P.O. Box 2248, Westside Station
Red Bank, NJ 07701
T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center
94 Dr. James Parker Blvd
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Grand Opening in 2018