Mission: To document and preserve the history of Freetown and to educate others on the historical, cultural and linguistic contributions of African Americans and people of color in this neighborhood and beyond. To continue to provide opportunities for community engagement that support future neighborhood growth and to unite others through cultural education. We work tirelessly to preserve our past in order to cultivate a better tomorrow.
Our Goal: OUR GOAL...TO BE TRUE FRIENDS!
True Friends Society of Lafayette was established on the foundation of the historical organization, True Friends Society circa 1880 in Freetown Lafayette. This neighborhood group protected citizens from vigilante groups, thwarted violent attacks against Black residents, provided civic support and acted as a pillar of hope to their neighbors. With the reinstatement of this association, True Friends of Lafayette, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, aims to once again support the community and be of service to one another.
We promote Black history education. We also encourage creative endeavors in our handmade maker gift shop, art gallery, and exhibition spaces.