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.
• Use the restoration of the houses as a catalyst to revitalize the South End by creating a cultural district that reflects the area’s historic Black and immigrant roots.
• Establish a sustainable African American heritage, education, and research center.
• Use landscape architecture to design and reconstruct outdoor and public spaces that: 1) reflect the changing historical relationships between workers of diverse ethnic backgrounds; and 2) celebrate the roles they played in local, state, and national history.
• Provide a forum (and historical context) for discussing community and state-wide initiatives that promote racial healing and socio-economic justice.
• Conduct public programs that broaden the audience, understanding, and appreciation of African American history and significant. historic places.
• Develop teachers’ workshops, texts, and curricula rooted in the unique history of the Freeman Houses and Bridgeport, Connecticut’s historic South End.
• Engage in projects and activities that advance the goals of historic preservation while providing the community with expanded employment, job training, affordable housing, and economic opportunities.
• Facilitate and play a leadership role in the acquisition, rehabilitation and adaptive re- use of African-American landmarks and/or buildings eligible for historic designation.
• Honor the Freeman Sisters by conducting scholarly research, educational outreach, and seminars about the socio-economic history of women and people of color in the Greater Bridgeport area.
• Honor the Freeman Sisters by encouraging initiatives and achievements in areas related to financial services for women, including financial education.
• Convene stakeholders and collaborate around shared social, cultural, and development issues.
• Engage in any and all other charitable activities permitted to an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code or corresponding future provisions of the federal tax law. To these ends, the Freeman Center may do and engage in any and all lawful activities that may be incidental or reasonably necessary to any of these purposes, and it shall have and may exercise all other powers and authority now or hereafter conferred upon nonprofit corporations in the State of Connecticut.