The mission of the Asbury Park African-American Music Project, Inc. (AP-AMP) is to:

  • share the music, cultural heritage and stories of Springwood Avenue through oral histories, research, writing, and programs
  • develop accessible resources that reflect Asbury Park’s African American music heritage for the City of Asbury Park and others to use as a basis for interpretive heritage projects 
  • address a lack of representation in traditional historic resources and give voice to the stories of Asbury Park’s African American community
  • engage all who live in and visit Asbury Park in the active exploration, interpretation, understanding, and preservation of Asbury Park African American cultural heritage

What We Do

Research and Interviews

Since the beginning of AP-AMP in 2017, we have filmed interviews with locals musicians and community members who were part of the music scene on Springwood Avenue.

Other research activities includes recreating historic maps of Springwood Avenue and collecting photographs.

Our oral history interviews and photographs are held at the Bruce Springsteen Archives at Monmouth University, and online through our Digital Museum.

Interview with AP-AMP in progress.
The AP-AMP Team.

Youth and Community Education

We are proud to partner with the Asbury Park Public School District, the Asbury Park Public Library, and other community partners to offer educational events and cross-curricular lesson plans dedicated to the history of Asbury Park’s African-American community.

Youth education programs at the Asbury Park Public Library.

Learning more about the African-American music history of Asbury Park by browse through scrapbooks and historic memorabilia.
Asbury Park students learn about the Turf Club, a historic music venue on Springwood Avenue.
AP-AMP presentation for local students at the Asbury Park Public Library.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Souder
Yvonne Clayton
Kathleen Melgar
Melissa Keeling

Advisory Committee

Bruce Booker
Ruben Bray
Charles Trott

Funding provided in part by:

  • the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of cultural affairs within the Department of State
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • Walmart Giving
  • Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • New Jersey Council for the Humanities
  • Anserve Inc.
  • Individual supporters

For more information, please email us: apaamhp@gmail.com

or write to us:

Asbury Park African-American Music Project Inc.
PO Box 485
Asbury Park, NJ 07712