God’s Free Man: Book Talk and Signing

As Founders Day approaches, Ted Freeman discusses his family’s critical role in Auburn’s history. A descendant of Harry and Kate Freeman- often recounted in early chronicles as enslaved people under Auburn founder John Hardenbergh- Ted Freeman challenges much of that narrative, telling instead an intimate story of family and place in “History’s Hometown.”

Admission to this program is free, with donations greatly appreciated. Space is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. You can make a reservation at https://cayugamuseum.org/gods-free-man-book-talk/
The Carriage House Theater is located at 203 Genesee St. behind the Cayuga Museum. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the theater or in front of the museum on Genesee St.

About the Author

Ted Freeman is an honored alumnus of Villanova University and received one of their highest awards available to alumni in 1984, the Medallion of Excellence, the second African American to receive the award. The first being Chief Justice Robert Nix of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He began his career working with street gangs in West Philadelphia at the Haverford Community Center, 39th and Wallace. He was then led to return to Auburn, New York, as the director of the Booker T. Washington Community Center in his old neighborhood. Freeman has been involved with the National Urban League Movement for the past forty-six years. Starting in Rochester, NY, he became the president and CEO of the Urban League of Hudson County in Jersey City, New Jersey. After retirement, he relocated to Orlando, Florida, and became a board member of the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League.

For Freeman, family is his everything. He is a husband, married to his pillar of strength, Rhonda L. Freeman, a father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather. He has one other previously published book, Acquiring Wisdom.


Aug 09 2023


7:00 pm

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Carriage House Theater
Carriage House Theater
203 Genesee Street


Seward House Museum

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Cayuga Museum of History & Art
Cayuga Museum of History & Art

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