THE T. THOMAS FORTUNE HOUSE PROJECT PRESENTS
SHINING THE LIGHT ON TODAY: THE LEGACY OF T. THOMAS FORTUNE
“A Window into the World of Post-Reconstruction”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Walter Greason
Panelists Include Les Payne, Pulitizer Prize winning journalist; Gilda Rogers, award winning Journalist; and Linda Shockley, journalist and preservationist.
Registration Required-Limited Seating
Doors Open: 8:30am – Continental Breakfast
The T. Thomas Fortune Project is a group of concerned citizens who have come together to save the home of T. Thomas Fortune, a National Historic Landmark in Red Bank, New Jersey. We plan to purchase and restore the house, and create a Cultural Center dedicated to diversity, advocacy, and tolerance, which will have a vital role in the town, the county, and the state.
T. Thomas Fortune was born on October 3, 1856 in Jackson County, Florida, during slavery, and grew up in Florida during the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He was the highly influential editor of the nation’s leading black newspaper, “The New York Age,” and was the leading economist in the black community. He was a long-time adviser to Booker T. Washington.
T. Thomas Fortune was not only an effective journalist, but was also a pioneer social organizer. As early as 1889, at the age of 33, he was the driving force behind formation of an organization known as the National Afro-American League.
Fortune moved to Red Bank, New Jersey in 1901. He named his home now located at 94 Drs James Parker, Maple Hill. Fortune died June 2, 1928 at the age of 71 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Eden Cemetery, Collingdale.
This symposium was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this symposium do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.