Director of Programs and Interpretation
Creating a commemorative Park on a site where no visible elements of the town remain is a challenging and rewarding undertaking. Once complete, Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park will become a unique and substantial visitor attraction, having the power to bring high-value culture and heritage tourists to the Island, to stimulate the economy of the north end, and to generate national recognition for Native Islanders and the Gullah Geechee culture. Mitchelville will complement, rather than compete directly with, other existing history, art and culture attractions, fill a void in the telling of local, regional, and national history, and make the telling of that story relevant to the present. The graphic presented below provides a comprehensive view of our plans for the Park, including an 18,000 square foot Visitors Center, an Event Lawn, and eight to ten reconstructed houses that represent the orientation and clustering of homes at Mitchelville during the historic period. Our vision is to create an imaginative and exciting place that celebrates the American spirit through the telling of the story of the first freedman’s town in America, and that informs and strengthens the fabric of our shared American heritage.