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Our history.
Our culture.Our education. Our healing.

Our Goal, Vision & Commitment

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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.


A home for history

The mission of the Margaret Wade-Lewis center is to house history, artifacts, books, and research by and about the Black community in Hudson Valley, as well as hosting cultural, educational, mental, physical, and emotional wellness empowerment programming


A "" story

 Built in 1885, in part by one of New Paltz’s first black landowners, the Ann Oliver house is one of several remaining homes in the historic free Black neighborhood of New Paltz.

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“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

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Honoring the dream

With full restoration required, we are inviting you to help us realize the vision for the Ann Oliver house.

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