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"It's a Beginning" MBTA poster (ca. 1974)
Senator John F. Kennedy, Muriel Snowden, Otto P. Snowden, photograph
Founded as a center for community activism in 1949 by Otto and Muriel
Snowden, Freedom House has functioned as an agent of African American
pride and accomplishment in Boston for over 50 years. The Freedom
House mission is to promote the long-term, sustainable economic
and social development of Boston's communities of color, and to
break down boundaries of race and class. As the Snowdens pursued
their mission, they cultivated the respect and assistance of many
notable and powerful political and social figures. Among their supporters
were John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy; Jacqueline helped to organize
the first Ebony Fashion Fair, and the then-Senator spoke at the
the Freedom House Collection.