Ophelia Wellington

Ophelia Wellington is the Founder and Executive Director of Freetown Village, Inc. She established the institution of Freetown Village in 1982 and has been instrumental in providing the vision, developing the educational programs, and fundraising. Freetown Village is a living history museum that educates the public about African American life in Indiana through living history, exhibits, and allied programs. Ophelia Wellington has conducted extensive research on 19th century African American experiences, written and co-written over 20 scripts, directed numerous plays and has developed more than 25 programs. She has performed every function in Freetown Village from research to implementation.


She hosted a cable television show Living History with local celebrities, written and edited the local teacher association newsletter, and conducted numerous workshops locally and nationally for museum professionals and educators. She has served in leadership capacity for several educational and museum professional organizations.


Ophelia Wellington has a B.S. in Education from Indiana University, an M.A. in Journalism from Ball State University, and has attended Master’s program classes in Historical Administration in Eastern Illinois University. She completed the acclaimed Seminar for Historical Administration in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. She has received Museum Service and Achievement Award from the Association of African American Museums, Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis, Achievement in Arts/Music/Theatre from Center for Leadership Development, Public Humanist from the Indiana Humanities Council, A Breakthrough Woman Award from the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Fadely History Award from the Marion County/Indianapolis Historical Society, to name a few.


She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Education from Indiana University, Ophelia taught high school English and sponsored the school newspaper in Portage, Michigan for two years. She later returned to Indiana and taught Reading at Atterbury Job Corps in Edinburgh for one year and Language Arts in Indianapolis Public Schools for five years while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Ball State University. She is married and has three adult children.