The mission of The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community is to restore, preserve, and ensure the viability of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses; teach the history of Connecticut Blacks; revitalize the surrounding South End community; and facilitate the preservation and revitalization of other African-American and greater Bridgeport historic/preservation communities.
“The colored people of Bridgeport are in an improving condition many of them are doing well, owning and living in their own snug and comfortable houses, and engaged in proper employments. It is a truth that should force itself upon the attention of the colored people in the large cities that thro’ out the towns of Connecticut, there is owned by colored people a house for every five inhabitants.”
The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community is raising funds to create an African American historic site of national stature in the South End of Bridgeport, CT.
The Mary and Eliza Freeman Center Proudly Presents the Smithsonian’s City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. This installation features vignettes from various CITIES OF HOPE including - City of Hope: Resurrection City/Poor People’s Campaign, Little Liberia and 19th Century Colored Conventions, and Bridgeport’s Black Lives Matter..
THE HYPOGEAN TIP
This incredible show “is comprised of sculptures rendered in various materials, including large-scale casts in broken glass from the porch of Mary Freeman.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A POP-UP EXHIBIT
POP-UP EXHIBIT - Go behind the curator’s desk and see what it takes to create a pop-up exhibit that spans multiple cities and time periods
DISCOVER THE CONNECTICUT FREEDOM TRAIL
Did you know The Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses are two of 130 sites llisted on the Connecticut Freedom Trail? Search the full trail and discover more.