Artwork by Lavett Ballard
Artwork by Lavett Ballard

Artwork by Lavett Ballard
Artwork by Lavett Ballard


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Socially Distanced

Cultural Center


Featured Artists

at the Center 


A Love Letter to Count Basie:

From The Great Migration to The Harlem Renaissance

Our Social

Justice Mission

Our doors are open! We have welcomed so many to our socially distanced exhibits. Enjoy A Love Letter to Count Basie, our gift shop and experience the house that Fortune built. The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center continues to work on important programming and we look forward to seeing all of you soon.  Thank you!                               





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"Our involvement was meant to be."     - Todd Sacks, Morgan Stanley


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     T. Thomas Fortune was a stalwart for social justice. Born into slavery in 1856, he became one of the most influential American journalists and newspaper publishers of the 19th and 20th centuries. 

     Fortune christened his home in Red Bank, New Jersey, “Maple Hall,” where he and his family resided between 1901-1915.  Here he entertained the great African American leader Booker T. Washington and other prominent figures of the time.

     “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.  LEARN MORE

"Progress goes forward ever,

backward never."     

                         - T. Thomas Fortune