Cultural Center Champions Heroic Editor Crusader: T. Thomas Fortune

T. Thomas Fortune House located in Red Bank, NJ
Credit: T. Thomas Fortune House located in Red Bank, NJ. Image Courtesy of Red Bank Green. Photo by John T. Ward
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HBO Max’s “The Gilded Age,” breaks new ground introducing prosperous 19th century African American T. Thomas Fortune. The brilliant crusader, born enslaved, advocated for justice, against hatred and grinding poverty in his newspaper, The New York Age.

His New Jersey mansion is one of only two African American sites named a National Historic Landmark. Learn about the restoration efforts to rescue the property from demolition, and revitalize the neighborhood.

LHS Monthly Meeting

LHS Black History Month Program
with Gilda Rogers & Shamele Jordan

Gilda Rogers, executive director of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank, Monmouth County, will address the Lawnside Historical Society’s free Black History Month program on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Shamele Jordon, historian and genealogist, will share a HistoryMonth on Lawnside government at the start of the meeting.

Ms. Rogers is executive director of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center and is a journalist, author, historian, educator and entrepreneur, who has worked since 2008 with a dedicated group to turn the endangered Italianate home into an exhibit space and gathering place to engage the community in re-defining its future in the spirit of Fortune.

Gilda Rogers

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