Free Spirit Freedom Past Events in 2016

Orange County to Host Traveling Museum of Artifacts from

Negro Leagues Baseball Era

- Friday, July 1, 2016, 1pm-5pm, Whitted Building, Hillsborough

- Saturday, July 2, 2016, 10am-11am, Whitted Building, Hillsborough

- Saturday, July 2, 2pm-3pm, Whitted Building, Hillsborough

- Saturday, July 2, 3pm-4pm: Presentation by Free Spirit Freedom follows at Whitted Building.  Learn about the Hillsborough Allstars and other local players: enjoy additional discussion of local baseball by former players from Negro Leagues teams and a community game and picnic at Cedar Grove Community Center.

- Saturday, July 2, 2016: community softball games and cookout begins at 5:30.  The community game and cookout will be at the Cedar Grove Community Center on NC 86 N.

Between the end of the Depression and the advent of integrated baseball in the late 1940s, the Negro Leagues enjoyed its heyday, as crowds came out to see teams such as the Kansas City Monarchs, Pittsburgh Crawfords, and Homestead Grays, whose star-filled rosters captured the imagination of fans black and white. These games became a primary spoke in the cultural wheel of African American community activities and a centerpiece of social life – just as “the national pastime” continues to be. The Negro Leagues games could draw crowds upwards of 5,000. Teams were greeted with parades and cheers and adulation. Commercial enterprises centered on the games flourished as well.


Derrick Jones has always enjoyed baseball and he is committed to learning as much as he can about the Negro Leagues Era. He has studied it for over 20 years. Everything Mr. Jones learned about the Negro Leagues players and history made him want to learn more, and so he began collecting genuine artifacts from that period, as well as reproductions.


Now, his collection is so large he calls it his, “traveling museum.” This traveling museum contains authentic Negro Leagues jerseys, baseball mitts, vintage baseball trading cards, autographs, photo collections, figurines, and numerous other Negro Leagues collectibles from baseball legends. Mr. Jones’ “Traveling Museum of Artifacts from the Negro Leagues Era and Players” will be on display in the Whitted Building and Orange County Historic Museum, Hillsborough, on July 1 & 2, 2016.

Admission is free and the public is invited.


The Orange County stop is sponsored by Free Spirit Freedom with support from the Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough Tourism Board, Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Orange County’s Community Relations Department. For additional information, call the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 919-732-7741 or email Michael Verville: or Renee Price:

Celebrating Women of Color, Commemorating Black History Month and Women's History Month


The Orange County Historical Museum, the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church and Free Spirit Freedom are presenting a Black/Women's History Month program that celebrates the contributions of women of color in the making of Orange County. This event will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 3 pm to 5 pm in the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on Tryon Street.

We will be highlighting the following women: Sallie Rae Harris, Mrs. Villines, Hassie Gattis, Mariah McPherson, Mrs. Stanback and Delores Simpson.   Dr. Bob Brizendine will open the event,  and Renee Price of Free Spirit Freedom will be moderating the program.  A reception will follow the program. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Black Women's History Month

Celebrating Women of Color

Where:   Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 W. Tryon St.

When:  3pm to 5pm