A home for history
The Margaret Wade-Lewis Center (MWLC) at the historic Ann Oliver House preserves the Black experience in the Hudson Valley using the lens of free and enslaved lives in Ulster County, New York. The Mission of the Center is to engage, empower, educate, and heal the community through history and culture.
Built for community
A two story, 1232 sqaure foot frame house built in 1885, The Ann Oliver house is cultural artifact of Black history in New Paltz and the only house from the historic free Black neighborhood that will be preserved and owned by the Black community.
Many hands make light work
We believe that it is important to remember and honor the lives of the people who helped to shape our community. By preserving the history of the Black experience in the Hudson Valley, we hope to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that Black people have made to our society.
“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
Coretta Scott King
It takes a village
Our network of incredible community partners help us realize the dream of restoring the historic Anne Oliver House and offering educational programming.
“I'm filled mostly with a sense of pride & peace because of the rich Black History that has occupied this landscape called New Paltz for more than a century. I'm looking forward to seeing the Historic Oliver House becoming the home to the Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis Black Cultural Center...”
Diana Francis, Resident