CAMDEN, N.J. --A vacant New Jersey home where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once lived has dodged the wrecking ball and will soon receive some much-needed repairs.
The effort, involving Cooper's Ferry Partnership and property owner Jeanette Lilly Hunt, would enable Cooper's Ferry to preserve the historic two-story home in Camden.
"It's obvious this house is critical to our past and needs to be preserved for the future. We're proud to be partners making this a reality," said Anthony Perno, CEO of Cooper's Ferry Partnership.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross says we owe it to future generations to ensure this "national treasure" remains standing for years to come. Norcross helped lead preservation efforts by petitioning the state to designate the home a historical landmark.
"Today, I'm proud that I was able to bring our community together to help restore and save this important piece of American history," said Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01).
The Camden City Historical Society is expected to designate the property as historically significant at an upcoming meeting.
"I am delighted that the momentum to preserve this historic house is gaining the attention it rightfully deserves. The City is committed to work with the owner of the house, Ms. Hunt, as well as Congressman Norcross, Cooper's Ferry Partnership and others to do what is necessary to save this wonderful piece of history," said Camden Mayor Dana Redd.
The Cooper's Ferry Partnership has assumed the role of custodian of the home and will be responsible for making repairs and finding an organization to maintain it.