“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say, I just watch what they do.”
In 1862, General Ormsby Mitchel, an abolitionist, wanted to create a village for the freedmen on Hilton Head. Mitchelville was a part of a larger system of federal involvement in the South focused on housing, work opportunities, education, and self-governance opportunities for the recently freed Blacks. This became known as the Port Royal Experiment.
Mitchelville was this symbol…this first idea…the kernel of an idea that freedom can be extended to all people in America. – Ben Williams
With an annual donation of $18.62 you can help us tell the story of Mitchelville. Your generosity will inspire, educate, entertain, and impact your fellow citizens and communities-at-large. Your investment supports archaeological research, student and youth programs, special events, and Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park activities.
Mitchelville Preservation Project Inc. dba Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Our EIN number is 272308109. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.