MAISON FREETOWN IS LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC FREETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD, AN AREA THAT WAS ONCE THE BACK SIDE OF THE SUGARCANE PLANTATION , ILS COPAL, OWNED BY THEN GOVERNOR ALEXANDER MOUTON, AND DATES BACK TO THE 1800s.
IT WAS THE AREA THAT VERMILIONVILLE'S (LAFAYETTE) FREE PEOPLE OF COLOR INHABITED PRIOR TO CIVIL WAR AND WHERE THOSE ENSLAVED SETTLED AFTER EMANCIPATION THUS EARNING THE NAME "FREETOWN".
This museum now serves as a physical place to honor those who toiled, worked this land and contributed to this community. To help tell the stories of those individuals whose contributions have gone undocumented is our mission.
This museum serves as a repository for the rich history of those people of color whose
legacies are waiting to be revealed.
We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.
Maison Creole de Freetown hosted the national storytelling organization, StoryCorps' Recording Air stream. 400 community conversations were collected of which are archived in the Library of Congress. This was made possible in partnership with ULL Radio station, KRVS and Cheryl Duval, station manager.
Al Hebert takes a stroll through our museum
Artist Haven and Creative Co-op
Stay and while and Come Pass a Good Time at our B&B
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