Within the shadow of P.T. Barnum lies a much quieter tale of Bridgeport prosperity -- a tale involving two nineteenth-century sisters, Mary and Eliza Freeman.
While neither achieved the same level of recognition as Barnum, both established a significant place within the history of Connecticut’s Park City.
This hour, we explore that history. We talk about the Freemans’ life and legacy, as well as their connection to Bridgeport’s “Little Liberia” community.
Plus: the story of New York's Black Gotham Experience. We take a closer look with Founder and Lead Creative Kamau Ware.
- Maisa Tisdale - President of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community
- Keith Stokes - Vice President of the 1696 Heritage Group, an historical consulting firm based in Newport, Rhode Island
- Kamau Ware - Founder and Lead Creative at Black Gotham Experience (BGX)
Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on August 1, 2017.