The Sourland Conservancy received a $67,688 grant from the Somerset County Historic Preservation to support the creation of the Stoutsburg Sourland African-American Museum—the first African-American museum in central New Jersey.

The museum will be housed in the historic Mount Zion AME church. The site of the original church was on Mount Zion Road on the Sourland Mountain in Hopewell Township. The church was established sometime before 1850 by members of the Sourland Mountain African-American community. Over the years, attendance declined and the church finally closed its doors. Although the church has been unused for several years, the building and its contents have remained intact.

Several different types of exhibits are planned for the museum, including original objects and documents, interactive exhibits, films and recordings of local residents, demonstrations and live performances. The museum is set to open in 2017.