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Cape May’s African American History is Highlighted with New Museum

At the southernmost tip of the state lies Cape May, long identified as “America’s original seaside resort.” Not only does Cape May have the prerequisite beaches and charming retail district but what makes it stand out amongst other shore towns is its beautiful array of Victorian Bed & Breakfast inns. Cape May City was nationally designated as an historic landmark in 1976, and the Victorian history of the town has been promoted for decades. As a result, Cape May has an extended and robust tourist season highlighting the historic architecture through year-round themed tours, exhibits and events.

In addition to the well-known Victorian-era inns, another aspect of Cape May’s history has recently emerged and is quickly gaining attention. A few years ago, history enthusiast Bob Mullock, was researching documents for a Civil War tour he planned to give at his hotel in conjunction with Cape May MAC (Museum Arts Culture), a non-profit organization formed in the early 1970s specifically to save historic architecture from the wrecking ball.

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