Mansard Monday Before & After ~ The T. Thomas Fortune House in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Born into slavery in Florida, Timothy Thomas Fortune relocated to New York City in the late 19th century, becoming the first African-American newspaper publisher in the United States. Fortune promoted civil rights in his paper, the “New York Age” and moved his family to this house in 1901.
Fortune’s tenure at the nation’s most influential black paper for over 20 years established him as the leading African-American journalist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fortune guided the new African-American printing and publishing industry into an era of respect and profitability.
He is also remembered for his involvement and contribution to black organizing and has been said to be “The bridge to the modern-day Civil Rights Movement.” Fortune died in 1928 at the age of 71. After a long period of neglect and abandonment, the house was restored to its appearance when Fortune owned it and is now home to the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center: https://www.tthomasfortuneculturalcenter.org/
Knowing what is possible is the first step toward saving a house that has been neglected. “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people undertake such a project.
Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.
© Scott T. Hanson 2023
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