Museums | Historical Sites

Dr. James Still Historic Site

Dr James StillSmall museums are loaded with local history. On Juneteenth, I visited such a museum and historic site, The Dr. James Still Historic Office Site.

Who was Dr. James Still?

Dr. James Still was the son of Levin and Charity Still. Both were once enslaved in Maryland. Levin purchased his freedom and Charity escaped to freedom with two of her young children.

James grew up in Shamong Township, New Jersey. He became fascinated with medicine when a physician came to his home to vaccinate him and his siblings.

James had little formal education. He was mainly self-taught. Knowing he would not be able to go to medical school or find a doctor to study under, James purchased science and nature books and studied on his own.

He understood the healing power of herbs and began distilling medicine from them. People purchased his medicines and would sometimes wait on long lines to get them.

Dr. Still soon became known as “The Black Doctor of the Pines.”

Dr. James Still Historic Office Site

The Dr. James Still Historic Office Site is located in Medford, New Jersey. It has two exhibit rooms. One room celebrates the life of Dr. Still. It includes replicas of things he would have had in his office or used in his practice.

William Still

William Still

The second exhibit room is devoted to the Underground Railroad. Dr. Still’s brother, William, was a conductor and station master on the Underground Railroad. William assisted many freedom seekers. He also helped Harriet Tubman during her trips back and forth to lead people to freedom.

Volunteers and descendants of the Still family staff the museum. If you’re lucky you will hear the story of the Still family from a Still progeny.

The Dr. James Still Historic Office Site & Visitor’s Center has a walking trail for nature lovers like Dr. Still.

The museum is open the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 11:30am – 4:00pm.
Location: 210 Medford-Mt. Holly Road, Medford, New Jersey 08055.

King Center

The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia is a National Historic Site and is operated in partnership with the National Park Service. The Center serves as a repository for Dr. King’s works and other material from the Civil Rights Movement.  It is also the site of historical attractions including: the home where Dr. King was born; Ebenezer Baptist Church; the Crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King; and Freedom Hall.

Your walk up to the Visitor Center takes you along the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, which features footstep impressions of civil and human rights icons, including Rosa Parks and Congressman John Lewis.

Martin Luther King Jr Funeral WagonOn display in the Visitor Center is the farm wagon that was used to carry Dr. King to the Southview Cemetery, where he was interred prior to being entombed at the Center with Mrs. King.

Martin Luther King Jr AwardsFreedom Hall is the main exhibit area at the Center. The Dr. King exhibit includes artifacts, memorabilia, and a replica of his Nobel Peace Medal.

There are also rooms dedicated to the life and works of Rosa Parks and Mahatma Gandhi.

Ebenezer Baptist Church AtlantaBefore leaving the Center, be sure to visit historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. served as co-pastor from 1960 until his assassination in 1968. The sanctuary is open to the public and you can listen to sermons of Dr. King.Ebenezer Baptist Church Santuary





The King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA