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Your donation will benefit a powerful movement of people who
stood for freedom guaranteed in the Constitution's 13th Amendment, and will mak
a direct and postive impact in our community for youth and generations to come.

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Donations of all amounts are appreciated and all contributions are tax deductible.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization.


We would greatly appreciate your donation to help us:

Restore John W. Jones’ house as an interactive museum commemorating the life and work of the former slave.

Highlight the history of African Americans who settled in the Southern Tier of New York and the activity of local abolitionists. The museum will emphasize Elmira’s role as the only regular agency and published station on the Underground Railroad between Philadelphia and St. Catherine’s, Canada, and explore Mr. Jones’ community involvement and his relationship with his contemporaries.

Operate and maintain the John W. Jones Museum.

Contribute to the revitalization of Elmira, New York, facilitate tourism efforts and promote stewardship by increasing public awareness and pride. It will be a significant historic resource for scholars, students and tourists, and an important cultural destination for the public.

Our Financial Resources (1997 - present)

• $172,246 in grants and pledges from local banks and foundations
• Received $90,000 in government grants
• Awarded, but not received $247,000 in government grants
Must raise $181,000 to match $227,000 of the awarded, but not received, grants mentioned above.

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