Freedmen’s Town residents, community leaders, friends of Freedmen’s Town, and partners are invited to join us for a presentation and panel discussion about the rebirth of historic Freedmen’s Town. At this first event you’ll hear about upcoming and on-going projects that will fuel “The Rebirth” and find out how you can help protect, preserve, educate, and engage in Freedmen’s Town now and in the future.
During the presentation, we will:
- Discuss the potential and importance of Freedmen’s Town being a World Heritage Site and a featured destination in the Emancipation National Historic Trail Study by the National Parks Service.
- The role of the Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy as a community partner and allied steward of the proposed Freedmen’s Town Heritage District.
- Next steps we must take as a community to protect Freedmen’s Town’s history and ensure it’s successful rebirth!
Your voice and participation is essential to guide current and future projects toward community-supported outcomes. This will be your first opportunity to learn about projects that are still in “The Rebirth” planning phase. You’ll be prepared to attend Community Engagement and Visioning Workshops starting in March!
We’ll be announcing our featured guest speakers soon. You won’t want to miss this!
The presentation will be live-streamed on CAMH’s Facebook, CAMH’s YouTube, and HFTC’s YouTube. Leave questions and comments on either platform during the live presentation for the guest panelists.
About Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy
Our mission is to preserve the historic legacy of Freedmen’s Town inspiring all through education and awareness of its unique story. The Conservancy was established in 2016 as a Mayoral Task Force and was formally designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2018. The HFTC is engaged in several noteworthy projects including:
- Emancipation National Historic Trail Study Act – The HFTC was instrumental in securing Freedmen’s Town as part of the study, which captures the 51-mile route from Galveston to Freedmen’s Town, Emancipation Park, and Independence Heights (this was the path taken by newly freed slaves after emancipation).
- Visitors Center – Developing the first Freedmen’s Town Visitor Center in collaboration with the African American Library at the Gregory School and the Houston Public Library. This will provide the community and visitors with a place to gather, learn, and experience the living history of Freedmen’s Town through sight, sound and touch.
- Augmented Reality App – Launching “Freedmen’s Town – The Story of Freedom” an augmented reality app that will provide an immersive self-guided digital experience for heritage tourists and locals.
- Global Recognition – Long-range planning to support the goal of World Heritage Site Designation of the Freedmen’s Town Heritage District.
- Juneteenth – Collaborating with several local partners and regional organizations to support the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act” in the House and Senate.