The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community

1135 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06604
Mailing address: 1019 Main Street, Suite 210, Bridgeport CT 06604
Executive Director: Maisa L TisdaleFreeman
Center Hours:
Thursday, November 11; 5 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, November 12; 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, November 13; 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 14; 11 am to 5 pm

The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community, a 50l(c)3 nonprofit, owns the Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses (circa 1848), located at 360 & 354 Main Street in Bridgeport. The Freeman Center is creating a national African American historic site consisting of a museum and education center, a research/digital humanities center, and housing. The Center’s preservation and restoration plans are designed to act as catalysts to neighborhood revitalization. The Freeman Houses, the last original structures of Little Liberia (circa 1822) – a seafaring community of free people of color – are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for their significance to African Americans and Women.

Event: Black Life Matters Exhibit: How & Why We Fight

Bridgeport’s Black Lives Matter movement through the lens of Chefren Gray, Bridgeport photographer. This exhibition chronicles Bridgeport, CT’s Black Lives Matter movement, capturing images of Bridgeporters protesting at home and in Washington, DC between 2014 and 2021. These photographs are juxtaposed with photos of Black life in Bridgeport, aspirations and inspirations that prompted people to march. One of two exhibits sharing common themes – shown in partnership with Fairfield University Art Museum’s, “Rob Gerhardt: Mic Check,” a photography exhibit tracking #BlackLivesMatter protest photographs in New York City from 2014 to 2021.

Event: Reimagining Little Liberia: Restoration & Reunion Exhibit

Thursday, November 11; 8:30 am to 7 pm
Friday, November 12; 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 13; 9 am to 3 pm
The art, architecture, and history exhibit of Bridgeport’s Little Liberia is on view at Housatonic Museum of Art | Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT.