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About Us

The Nelson T. Gant Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2001 for the purpose of restoring the Gant house and to revive the legacy of Nelson T. Gant for the building of character and community / cultural pride. Its purpose is to develop the Nelson T. Gant house into an historical, educational, cultural and charitable facility.

1845 West Main Street
P.O. Box 3183
Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Board Members
Connie A. Norman: President
Jerry D. Jackson: Vice –President
Michael Jackson: Secretary
Sharon Johnson: Treasurer
Michel Morgan: Parliamentarian
Anita P. Jackson, Ph.D.
Libby Curtis
Nancy Edwards-Grady
Karen McKee
Martha Mitchell
Mike Morgan
Gertrude Morgan

Board Meetings
The board of Directors meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Gant house at 6:00 p.m.

Anyone can become a member by paying a membership fee of $25.00.

Accomplishments and Achievements

Phase 1. October 2003

Purchase of the Nelson T. Gant Homestead, $ 70,000 ( Century National Bank waived $ 20,000 )

Phase 2. 2004

Historic Preservation Study $ 3,000
Immediate repairs ( roof, plumbing, 1 new HVAC system and repair of second HVAC system ) $ 6,000

Phase 3. 2005

Feasibility Study ( Architectural drawing of the Gant Homestead as is ) $ 25,000

Phase 4. 2008

Construction of the Educational / Cultural Center $ 90,000

Phase 5. 2009 / 2010

Demolition of the 20th Century structures from the building $ 22,000



The Life and Times of Nelson T. Gant in Color Activity Guide for 3rd and 4th graders
The Life and Times of Nelson T. Gant in Color Activity Guide for 7rd and 8th graders
The Parent / teacher Guide $ 10,000


PHACES: Photos History And Culture Expressing Strength
This project was a collaboration of the Zanesville Art Center, PURE Center, Muskingum County Pioneer and Historical Society, and the Nelson T. Gant Foundation. It involved printing of brochures and the design and development of posters and a power-point presentation containing photographs and biographical information on local individuals who have made a historical impact on Muskingum County or in their professional work. The project focused on African Americans, women, individuals who are recognized as “first” in a category, and participants in the Abolitionist Movement and Civil War. The project was presented to the public at the Zanesville Art Center. The project cost was $ 6,000.


National Endowment of the Humanities:
Created Equal Project
The Gant Foundation received an award of $1200.00 to provide for the showing and discussion of four documentaries: The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, The Loving Story. The DVDs may be loaned for a fee of $10.00 each.


The Nelson T. Gant Foundation received a Telly Award for the high definition video "Marriage During Slavery", that depicts the challenges and struggles of married life during slavery. Over 20 local people appear in the video. Dr. Anita P. Jackson portrays Anna Maria Gant as she faces numerous obstacles in her and her husband’s attempts to live life as a married couple. ECO Productions’ Ronald Hicks directed and edited the video which was recorded at six locations around Zanesville and Muskingum County. "The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.