Maison Freetown Museum and Cultural Center

Maison Freetown Museum and Cultural Center

From Erica Melancon Fox

Help me raise money for Maison Freetown, Lafayette's 1st Black History Museum and Resource Center. Managed by True Friends Society, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the cultural history of Lafayette's Freetown

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Freetown-Port Rico, a historic neighborhood near Downtown Lafayette began as an integrated community once known as a refuge to freed slaves and home to many free people of color prior to the Civil War. A community listed on the National Historic registry and steeped in African American history which included Jazz music, small businesses and social justice movements. It was a vibrant hub for culture, entrepreneurism, and economic growth for its residents. The center's mission is to serve as a repository for historical artifacts, to record Lafayette's lesser known Black advancements and to unearth oral histories still yet to be told. It aims to continue cultivating Freetown's diverse spirit and its past connections. Maison Freetown will serve a number of community functions including educational workshops, health resources, artisan workspaces and access to internet connectivity. Maison Freetown in Freetown-Port Rico neighborhood, hopes to be the premier place where past history and future growth opportunities meet!

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