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Exterior of the Franklin Street School

The Franklin Street School renovation project receives federal grant

We have some good news to share amid the world chaos: Earlier this month, the Franklin Street School renovation project received a $500,000 grant from the African American Civil Rights Grant Program. The program is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, which is administered by the National Park Service. Franklin Street School is one of… Read more »


A look inside the future home of the Harriet Tubman Museum

You’ve probably driven past the Howell House at 632 Lafayette Street and never noticed it. For years, the decaying and vacant parsonage of the Macedonia Baptist Church waited behind a chain-link fence. But in 2020, the house will begin its new life as the home of the Harriet Tubman Museum. First some history.  The Howell… Read more »


The fire of 1878

Today in 1878, fire broke out in the Ocean House on Perry Street. Less than twelve hours later, it had destroyed forty acres and destroyed commercial properties including Congress Hall, Ocean House, Centre House, Columbia House, Atlantic House, and Merchant’s Hotel. The total loss was estimated at $400,000. Arson was suspected, but the suspect was… Read more »