Preserve the James Howe House

We need your help now. Please donate what you can to help us ensure we are able to continue our efforts in restoring and returning the James Howe House back to the community.

If we don't preserve this piece of African American history, it could be erased.

The James Howe House is an essential part of African American History in Montclair, NJ. The Howe House is one of the oldest properties in Montclair and the first property owned by an African-American, James Howe. After manumitting Howe, Nathaniel Crane left him THIS house, six acres of land, and $400 in his will. This house came to be known as the Freed Slave House!

Our fight to preserve African-American heritage is not new, and the erasure of African American History is rampant. Montclair is no different. Home to many African Americans who have paved the way for generations, James Howe’s home has signified the importance of home ownership to the African American community since 1831.

This is the moment we have in Montclair and Essex County to stem the tide of black loss. The James Howe House can be, for our region a monument to truth, a bulwark against erasure, and a place where all can visit and learn the full truth of Montclair's history as it is told, not sold.

With donors like you, we can be certain that our work in the community will solidify the erasure of African American history in Montclair. Help us to safeguard African American history in Montclair and ensure it remains present.

For more information about the Friends of Howe House check out our website

Press Conference Video

Video of Rally to Save the Howe House

Friends of the Howe House is a fiscally sponsored project of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, a registered 501(c)3.


Kimberly Latortue
Montclair, NJ
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair
Registered nonprofit
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