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John W. Jones Museum

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The John W. Jones’ house museum in Elmira, New York is an interactive museum to record and honour the contribution of the former slave, John W. Jones who is an activist int the Underground Railroad during 1850s and became the sexton of Woodlawn Cemetery since 1859. He had helped almost 800 slaves escape to Canada and held the burial of approximately 3000 Confederate soldiers deceased in the Elmira Prison Camp. The house was John’s residence during his lifetime. It was not paid much attention until the late 1990s that some citizens saw the value of it. The museum now records the story of John and his contemporaries and the abolitionism history at that time.

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