During their meeting on Tuesday, September 8, the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors recognized the establishment of the African American Museum of Bucks County at the historic Boone Farm property in Middletown Township. The museum was first established in 2014 as a mobile exhibit honoring the legacy of the African American experience, heritage, and journey in Bucks County. The President and CEO of the Museum, Linda Salley, joined Chairwoman of the Bucks County Commissioners Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia and Bernard Griggs, Jr., Project and Diversity Officer for Bucks County.
Located at the intersection of Bridgetown Pike and Langhorne-Newtown Road, Boone Farm was once an active farm property with structures originating to c. 1716. Some structures including the Godfrey-Kirk House and a stone barn foundation are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, among some of the most significant preserved properties in the United States. Bucks County acquired the property in August 2000 to preserve the property’s significance. In the early 1900s, many African Americans migrating to Bucks County as part of the Great Migration found work on the Boone Farm when many African Americans struggled to find work.
A full copy of the proclamation can be found here.