Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History A living experience in African American history! Let me tell you about a place. A symbolic place with no walls. A place that represents the living history of African Americans.
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That place is Freetown Village. Learn African American History through educational programs that come to you.

That place is Freetown Village. Learn African American History through educational programs that come to you.

Mission: Freetown Village mission is to educate the public about African American lives and culture in Indiana through living history performances, the collection and preservation of artifacts, exhibits, and allied programs.

08/04/2020
Ophelia Wellington | Conversations In Focus

Not sure what Freetown Village is all about? Ophelia Wellington, Founding Director, shares a little bit about her journey to "Freetown".

The host of Conversations in Focus is Bryan Hudson Ophelia Wellington is the founding director of Freetown Village, Inc., a living history museum based in In...

If this were a “regular” summer, we’d be finishing up Juneteenth celebrations at our summer camp today.  In 2018 our cam...
06/19/2020

If this were a “regular” summer, we’d be finishing up Juneteenth celebrations at our summer camp today. In 2018 our campers learned (more) about Juneteenth from Galveston TX native, Fay Williams.

Freetown Village is pleased to partner with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) t...
06/19/2020

Freetown Village is pleased to partner with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to present a timely Juneteenth Celebration event examining the subjects of history, culture, community, the arts, and racism. The "Rev. Samuel P. Strong" of Freetown Village, portrayed by Timothy T. Reed, will present a one-character portrayal about Juneteenth on Saturday, June 20.

Register now for the Juneteenth Celebration https://bit.ly/3hLagtd

Join the Recorder and other organizations for a virtual Juneteenth celebration 6-8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday! We will commemorate the long history of resilience in the African American community and discuss new methods and models of freedom in the current moment. Watch live on Facebook.com/IndyRecorder.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-freedom-means-to-me-tickets-109975381326

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03/06/2020

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo
03/06/2020

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

Registration is now open for our 2020 Summer Camp. Six weeks of new friends, learning, and fun! Spaces are limited, so r...
03/06/2020

Registration is now open for our 2020 Summer Camp. Six weeks of new friends, learning, and fun! Spaces are limited, so register now! FMI: www.freetown.org

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02/19/2020

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

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12/10/2019

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Thanks FOX59 News for inviting us on this morning to talk about our upcoming 12/7/19 holiday production!  There's still ...
12/04/2019

Thanks FOX59 News for inviting us on this morning to talk about our upcoming 12/7/19 holiday production!

There's still time to get tickets http://bit.ly/2mdu0xh

Looking for something to do with the whole family?  Take advantage of our #CyberMonday discount  (CYBER5) and join us 12...
12/01/2019

Looking for something to do with the whole family? Take advantage of our #CyberMonday discount (CYBER5) and join us 12.7.19 for our annual holiday performance!

It's Small Business Saturday!  Time to support local small businesses, especially the arts!  Get your tickets now for ou...
11/30/2019

It's Small Business Saturday! Time to support local small businesses, especially the arts! Get your tickets now for our annual (with a few new twists!) holiday production. Special discount (use code SmallBiz) available for our 7:00 p.m. show! http://bit.ly/2mdu0xh

Thanks   Tina Cosby for keeping us connected on AM 1310 The Light!  If you missed our Executive Director Ophelia Welling...
11/28/2019
2019 Freetown Village Celebrates Christmas: A Family Tradition

Thanks Tina Cosby for keeping us connected on AM 1310 The Light! If you missed our Executive Director Ophelia Wellington and Artistic Director Kimberly Janelle shared info about our 12/7/19 holiday show, (check out the interview here http://bit.ly/2qHhHMo) and then be sure to get your tickets here - http://bit.ly/2mdu0xh !

A Freetown Village Holiday Celebration! Freetown Village Celebrates Christmas promises to inspire as it explores the significance of family and cultural traditions during this holiday season. Set in the 1870s in an African American community, the play celebrates the richness of community, the spirit...

Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors who helped to make our 6th Annual "Making a Difference Award" Dinner a succe...
09/19/2019

Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors who helped to make our 6th Annual "Making a Difference Award" Dinner a success! See you next year!

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09/19/2019

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Special thanks to one of our newest sponsors, Stuart Mortuary, Inc., for their support of this years event!  We still a ...
09/13/2019

Special thanks to one of our newest sponsors, Stuart Mortuary, Inc., for their support of this years event! We still a few tickets left if you'd like to join us to recognize our 2019 honorees. bit.ly/2lSdIcN

Join us on September 17, 2019 as we recognize Dr. Leonard Scott and our other honorees who are “Making a Difference” in ...
09/11/2019

Join us on September 17, 2019 as we recognize Dr. Leonard Scott and our other honorees who are “Making a Difference” in our community. bit.ly/2lSdIcN

In addition to his thriving dental practice Scott Dentistry, he is the founder and CEO of Tyscot Records, the oldest black-owned and operated gospel recording company in the United States.

As part of our “Making a Difference” Award, we’ve collaborated with Storytelling Arts of Indiana to record part of his life story. It’s a way of helping to preserve our history and it’s archived at the Indiana Historical Society

Indianapolis Public Schools Indiana University School of Dentistry

Our 3rd honoree is Myla Eldridge. As the first African American to serve as Marion County Clerk, she is playing a pivota...
09/05/2019

Our 3rd honoree is Myla Eldridge. As the first African American to serve as Marion County Clerk, she is playing a pivotal role in helping Marion County make the transition from precincts to vote centers. Voting shouldn’t be difficult, and she and her team are dedicated to removing barriers to make the experience easy, free, and fair to everyone.

Join us on September 17, 2019 as we recognize Myla and our other honorees who are “Making a Difference” in our community. http://bit.ly/2lSdIcN

As part of the “Making a Difference” Award, we’ve collaborated with Storytelling Arts of Indiana to record part of her life story. It’s a way of helping to preserve our history and it’s archived at the Indiana Historical Society

League of Women Voters of Indiana Indianapolis Public Schools Marion County Election Board

It’s one thing to complain about “these kids today”, it’s another to do something about it.  Our second honoree IMPD Off...
09/04/2019

It’s one thing to complain about “these kids today”, it’s another to do something about it. Our second honoree IMPD Officer Deon Harris knows first hand from his own childhood the impact a single mentor can have. In his role as Program Coordinator with the OK Program of Indianapolis , he has the chance to invest in young people, helping them to see opportunities beyond their challenging circumstances.

Everyone has a story, and we're glad to share part of his with you.
Join us on 9/17/19: bit.ly/2lSdIcN

IMPD News National OK Program

Meet Venita Moore, one of the Owners and Managing Principals of Engaging Solutions, LLC. She also serves as the Vice Pre...
08/30/2019

Meet Venita Moore, one of the Owners and Managing Principals of Engaging Solutions, LLC. She also serves as the Vice President of the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners, a position she does not take lightly. She represents three generations, (her mother and her daughter are also IPS alumni), and is dedicated to ensuring future generations will continue to have access to quality public education.

As part of our “Making a Difference” Award, we’ve collaborated with Storytelling Arts of Indiana to record part of her life story. It’s a way of helping to preserve our history and it’s archived at the Indiana Historical Society.

Everyone has a story, and we're glad to share part of hers with you. Join us on 9/17/19: https://bit.ly/2lSdIcN

Indiana CPA Society Circle City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

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08/01/2019

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo
08/01/2019

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

Registration is now open for our 2019 Summer Camp. Six weeks of new friends, learning, and fun! Spaces are limited, so r...
03/14/2019

Registration is now open for our 2019 Summer Camp. Six weeks of new friends, learning, and fun! Spaces are limited, so register now! FMI: www.freetown.org

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01/26/2019

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On behalf of our cast, many thanks to our Event Sponsors, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Citizens Energy ...
12/10/2018

On behalf of our cast, many thanks to our Event Sponsors, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Citizens Energy Group, Arthur Jordan Foundation, and Arts Council of Indianapolis for their support of our annual holiday show. We'd also like to acknowledge our venue partner, Pastor James C. Anyike of Scott UMC.

As we continue to preserve and share local African American history and culture, please join our supporters by making a tax-deductible contribution today! 1982 - 2018: Celebrating 36 Years! www.freetown.org

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12/10/2018

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo
12/10/2018

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

It’s almost showtime! Freetown (is getting ready to) celebrate Christmas!
12/08/2018

It’s almost showtime! Freetown (is getting ready to) celebrate Christmas!

The 2018  ASALH Annual Conference was held in Indianapolis last week and we were honored to be a part of the festivities...
11/09/2018

The 2018 ASALH Annual Conference was held in Indianapolis last week and we were honored to be a part of the festivities.

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10/17/2018

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10/05/2018

It's almost time for #PreEnactIndy! We'll be there Oct 6th, 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., providing interactive, roving theater performances. Stop by the Freetown Village "barbershop" (16th & Yandes), and be sure to check out the vintage race cars (16th Street garage) and learn about the legendary African American race car driver Charlie Wiggins from his "niece".

Thank you Carol E. Ben-Davies for becoming our 1,000th fan!
08/12/2018

Thank you Carol E. Ben-Davies for becoming our 1,000th fan!

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08/09/2018

Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History's cover photo

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08/03/2018

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After 21 years at 625 Indiana Ave, we are moving to the Julia Carson Center, 300 Fall Creek Prkwy N.D. while the Madam W...
07/07/2018
FV move from the Walker Bldg.

After 21 years at 625 Indiana Ave, we are moving to the Julia Carson Center, 300 Fall Creek Prkwy N.D. while the Madam Walker Building is undergoing renovation. Moving is so much work and stressful, but often necessary. Have to coordinate with the phone company, the post office, the copier folks, the movers, the volunteers, the insurance company, ... EVERYBODY, get supplies, sort, shred, discard, donate, pack up, and on and on and then you forget something. In the long run, it is worth it. We have a lot of great memories in the Madam Walker building and truly enjoyed working with the Walker staff. In the meantime, if we don't get back with you right away, have mercy, were are still packing and unpacking, sorting etc. and summer camp is still going on.

12 new photos · Album by Ophelia Wellington

The marbles are running! The marbles are running! Well, not yet, but they will during our summer camp marble run. Help u...
06/22/2018

The marbles are running! The marbles are running! Well, not yet, but they will during our summer camp marble run. Help us get ready and bring us you cardboard tubes before July 3rd!

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