Fundraiser for Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses

Posted by Barbara Peck on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 12:02 PM

Westport Historical Society is holding a special fundraiser on Wed., Nov. 28, from 6 to 8 pm. for the restoration of the historically significant Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses.  Be a part of history and purchase tickets for the restoration of these rare, irreplaceable treasures!

Of about 36 structures that comprised Bridgeport’s “Little Liberia” – a prosperous, seafaring community of free people of color settled in 1822 (and cited in a letter to Frederick Douglass) – only the homes of sisters Mary & Eliza Freeman survive on original foundations. The Freeman sisters were accomplished business women. When Mary died, the only Bridgeporter of greater wealth was legendary showman PT Barnum. 

The Freeman Houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for significance to African Americans and Women. This year the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the houses on the nation’s “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list.

Please show your support while enjoying Prosecco, oysters and hors d’oeuvres at Westport Historical Society. Tickets are $75 pp and are tax deductible and can be reserved at

A generous donor is matching all ticket sales and donations, so please consider the impact when making your own donation


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