Our Mission Statement

john jones museum
The John W. Jones Museum in Elmira, New York.
Photo courtesy of a private collection.
Our purpose is to preserve the home of John W. Jones and related artifacts in memory of his role and the roles of others in the Southern Tier involved in the Underground Railroad and the American Civil War. The John W. Jones Museum is an African American Heritage and Cultural Center that conveys the African American experience of the Southern Tier of New York through history, education and focuses on African American contributions and involvement in the past and present community.




Our Vision Statement

The JWJM will be a major attraction of the JWJM Resource Center. The center's major function is to interpriet JWJ's life and those who were active in the Underground Railroad movement, The Resource Center will be a Black genealogical repository for the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, and maybe Western New York. The center will have a library focused on Black life at different time periods and topics (1800-50, 1851-1900, etc , local UGRR, poetry, literature, inventions and Civil War). It will display exhibits relevant to JWJ and have changing (rotating) exhibits pertinent to the areas developed, like the Chemung Canal, railroad, and life changes and interactions of the black and white cultures. It can be used as a community forum and community educational convention center.