Welcome to Historic Mitchelville: the first self-governed town of formerly enslaved people in the United States.
Welcome to the
Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park Where Freedom Began
This experiment is to give you freedom, position, homes, your families, property, your own soil. It seems to me a better time is coming … a better day is dawning.” - General Ormsby Mitchel, Founder of Mitchelville
The Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (HMFP) captures the energy of its former residents through interactive exhibits, programming, and tours.
The Park is located on Hilton Head Island and is open for self-guided and private tours.
From rare artifacts to rich oral history, come experience Mitchelville of the past, present, and future.
From the Praise House to the Bateau, the park features historical exhibits that will take you back in time, along with events, such as our annual Juneteenth Celebration, to celebrate the present and future.