Freeman Institute
Black History Collection


C E L E B R A T I N G    T H E    E N T R E P R E N E U R I A L    S P I R I T
Displayed  Over  the  Centuries...                           
                    People  of  African  Descent


Knowledge. Truth. Inspiration.

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  The Freeman Institute Black History Collection is a compilation of over 3,000 original historic manuscripts, documents, newspapers, books, photographs and artifacts, dating from the early 1553 through the present day. (link to collection)
   When presenting on the topic of Black History, Dr. Joel A. Freeman typically sets up a small exhibit of 20-30 pieces from his collection in the back of the auditorium.

   Among the artifacts are: The authentic Samuel Goldwyn Productions check paid to, and signed by Pearl Bailey for her part in the movie, 'Porgy and Bess'. A 4-page letter hand-written and signed by the famous British abolitionist, William Wilberforce. A 1553 Peruvian document hand-written in Old Spanish discussing the sale of Cristobal, a slave from Mozambique. An authentic 50-pound slave ball from the Henrietta Marie. the oldest recorded slave ship wreck in the world, nine original bottles of Madam C.J. Walker's perfume (Carnation, Gardenia and Wisteria), and much more.

Dred Scott, his wife (Harriet)
and 2 daughters (Eliza & Lizzie)

   UNITED NATIONS 2011: In 2011 twenty genuine documents and artifacts from The Freeman Institute Black History Collection were showcased at the United Nations "Transatlantic Slave Trade" exhibit. The exhibit lasted over two months. The average number of visitors -- between 4,000 - 5,000 visitors a day reviewing the exhibit.
   2011 THEME: The Living Legacy of 30 Million Untold Stories

   UNITED NATIONS 2012: The Freeman Institute was invited again to showcase 20 documents and artifacts at the 2012 United Nations "Transatlantic Slave Trade" exhibition from March 26 - May 31st, 2012. The average number of visitors -- between 4,000 - 5,000 visitors a day reviewing the exhibit.
   2012 THEME: Honouring the Heroes, Resisters and Survivors.

   UNITED NATIONS TRAVELING EXHIBITION: Some of Dr. Freeman's pieces are also part of a UN-sponsored exhibition, traveling to various countries around the world. Already eleven countries have indicated that they will be hosting the exhibition (South Africa, Turkey, Senegal, Burkina Fasso, Bolivia, Madagascar, Colombia, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Cameroon, and Mexico) -- with many more to follow.

   OTHER VENUES: The White House Communications staff (WHCA). National Transportation Safety Board. US Secret Service. Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). Frostburg State University. Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH). Federal Executive Board. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Maryland Association of Mental Health Counselors. Tri Association (South / Central America & Caribbean). European Council of International Schools (ECIS). Montgomery County Community College. Howard County Community College.

Civil War locket worn by
African American soldier

   BLACK HISTORY GALLERY PROJECT: Joel Freeman has a dream, Through The Freeman Institute® Foundation, he aspires to help establish Black History galleries in major cities across America. "Black History is too rich for just one month," he says. "I want each of these galleries to educate and inspire young people of all ages, all year round." (link to gallery project)

   FREEMAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION: Developed to reach this generation with high-impact, relevant resources & educational/inspirational projects that are multicultural, easy to duplicate, & economically sustainable. (link to Foundation)

   This collection:
1. Tears down barriers between Blacks and Whites, young and old...
2. Opens and changes hearts and minds...
3. Surrounds Black people with their ancestors, giving a sense of awe and wonderment for all...
4. Causes people to think and want to learn more, leading to continuing achievement, scholarship and education...
5. Leaves a legacy...

Fox News Channel Interview with
Dr. Joel A. Freeman at the United Nations about
The Freeman Institute Black History collection & the Gallery Project

Dr. Joel A. Freeman, owner of collection, featured on Fox News Channel

Dr. Joel A. Freeman being interviewed on Canadian TV about
The Freeman Institute Black History collection & the Gallery Project

1st part of TV interview -- 10:25 min.

2nd part of TV interview --  10:09 min.



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Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Dr. Joel A. Freeman has served for 19 years as mentor/chaplain for the NBA Washington Wizards ('79-'98). As president of The Freeman Institute® consulting firm, Freeman facilitates many programs for leaders of other nations, government agencies, music and entertainment industries, faith-based organizations and corporations throughout the world. Joel, Shirley and family of four reside in Maryland. Joel is available for speaking engagements. In August, 2002 all of the Kings and Queens of Africa were invited to attend a Pan African Conference in Benin, West Africa. Dr. Freeman participated in this event and is planning to make a film about the ancient Kingdoms of Africa. (link to bio)


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