The Dream

Our Story

The Current Situation

While 227 Abolitionist Place is no longer threatened with the wrecking ball, many difficult challenges remain. Massive hotels and other mega-developments are rising on every side. There is also major deterioration since Joy Chatel’s illness and eventual passing.

227 Abolitionist Place was a safe haven made possible by abolitionists Thomas and Harriet Lee Truesdell, who made tremendous sacrifices for enslaved people of African descent, women, and indentured servants. Today, it continues to be a safe haven for all who believe in justice, equality and dignity. While the home is no longer threatened with the wrecking ball, many difficult challenges remain. Massive hotels and other mega-developments are rising on every side.

Current contributions made by concerned citizens pay for legal expenses, monthly utilities and future renovation plans. Joy Chatel always expressed that 227 Abolitionist Place belonged to the people. It is with that same constitution that we appeal to those who strongly believe this home is a crucial part of American History deserving preservation.

Vision Statement

The creation of a society that all people are properly educated about the history of African people in America.

Mission Statement

Friends of 227 Abolition Place Museum and Heritage Center is Brooklyn’s only underground railroad museum dedicated to the preservation of abolitionist history,  and its artifacts. Celebrating the diversity within the urban center of Downtown Brooklyn, we present national and international culture and tradition in relation to the struggles and triumphs against slavery through a variety of educational and arts programs including: museum exhibits, educational interactive tours of the underground railroad, scholar lecture/demonstrations, cultural enrichment classes for children and adults, children’s summer camps, performances, and audio/media production.

Our Vision for the Future

227 Duffield Street has major potential to become an important attraction, thus contributing to the vibrant economy for the community. It is a site that served as a safe haven made possible by abolitionist who made tremendous sacrifices for enslaved people of African decent, women, and indentured servants at a time when our country went astray. 227 continues to be that safe haven for all who believe in justice, equality, and dignity. This is not only good for Brooklyn— this is good for the United States.