Freeman Roundhouse Museum Campaign

$1,585 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 41 months
Please support the Oliver Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum as we begin to expand our walls.

Our purpose is to perserve, promote, and present African-American history, art, and culture to all citizens of Wilson, NC and its surrounding regions.  From community trailblazers to nationally known personalities, we strive to increase awareness and appreciation of the numerous contributions local people of color have made to society.

Our current building was constructed by Oliver Nestus Freeman, born in 1882 to a former slave. He was educated at the Tuskegee Normal School in Alabama and returned to Wilson, NC to build a number of houses to help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for soldiers returning from World War II.   

Our expansion plans will allow us to still showcase Freeman's unique stone three-room round house as well as offer additional exhibition space, community conference room, and resource center.

Please consider giving during our fundraising campaign.

"We have a beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world." - Marcus Garvey

Artist Rendering of Expansion
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Thank you for your continuous support. We've made tremendous progress with our expansion, but have a ways to go before completion. Work on the inside displays is still to come; however, we can't wait to show you how much we've grown.
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Thank you to all that have supported the Freeman RoundHouse Museum.

We are excited to offer the Walk of Honor Brick Paver Fundraiser! A gift of $100 or more will purchase an engraved brick to be placed in front of our gazebo as a stage area and permanent show of your generosity!

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As the country celebrates Black History Month, please support the Freeman Roundhouse African-American Museum. The museum highlights our local heroes that fought to pave paths many of us walk today and we stand in their footsteps as we face the work yet to be done. Come make history with us… Donate today!
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Were you raised in Wilson or the surrounding areas?

Chances are your life was touched in some way by someone showcased at the museum. Help us preserve their legacy for future generations. Donate today!
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$1,585 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 41 months
Created September 20, 2015
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John/Martha Worcester
24 months ago

An honor to have known the Freeman families and so many others pictured at the Roundhouse, and to support this incredible source of Wilson history.

D'Jaris Woody
25 months ago

My great grandmother and grandfather (Vanderbilt and Harriett Dawson) lived on Freeman Street, and my aunt Elnora's home is currently located there. My grandfather, Fester Dawson, once owned a store located down the street from the Roundhouse. The Dawson clan has a strong connection to this area of Wilson. I proudly make this donation in their honor.

Gertha Crumpler
31 months ago

Best wishes for a successful fundraiser & God bless!

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