Bringing the Jane Gates Heritage House to life.

The Jane Gates Heritage House located on Greene Street in Cumberland, Maryland is a non-profit museum and community center started by John and Sukh Gates to honor the spirit of John’s third great grandmother, Jane Gates (c. 1819 – 1888). Jane lived most of her life enslaved, most likely in or near Cumberland. She obtained freedom when slavery was abolished in Maryland in November 1864. Jane purchased the house and lot for $1400 in 1871 in the current location of 515, 511, and 509 Greene Street. Jane Gates is listed in the 1870 U.S. Census in the house at 515 Greene Street as a nurse and a laundress, age 51, living with two of her children and two grandchildren. The house at 515 is Jane’s original house. The houses at 511 and 509 were built decades later by one of Jane’s daughters and a granddaughter. Jane Gates is also the second great grandmother of Dr. Paul Gates and his brother Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a scholar of African American culture at Harvard University, and host of the PBS program, “Finding Your Roots.” Jane’s house is featured in his PBS documentary, “African American Lives II.”

The mission of the Jane Gates House is to enhance the lives of all through faith, education, and history. Along with African American history, the President of the board of directors, Sukh Gates, is passionate about teaching elementary-aged children crucial life skills such as growing and preparing food and healthy living.

Donations

  • John Wunderlick 
    • $100 
    • 19 d
  • Victor Rezendes 
    • $100 
    • 19 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 22 d
  • Sherry Wheeler 
    • $20 
    • 26 d
  • Eliot Fielding  
    • $100 
    • 26 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Julian Gates 
Organizer
Cumberland, MD
Sukh gates 
Beneficiary
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