Fortune was born a slave, freed by Emancipation Proclamation, and rose up to become journalist, editor and publisher of the first nationally syndicated African-American newspaper. He also founded the organization which later became the NAACP.
The Thomas Fortune House is one of the most historically significant properties in the United States. This is one of only two National Historic Landmarks (NHL) in New Jersey that is significant because of its role in African American History. There are only 57 National Historic Landmarks in New Jersey, and only 2,500 in the entire United States. For more information and fundraising efforts to save his Red Bank home visit his website.