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2023 marks the 156th year since the founding of Crane Creek by former slaves, which was later renamed Melbourne, Florida.

Three Black freedmen: Wright Brothers, Peter Wright and Balaam Allen settled in Florida along the banks of the river that is now known as Crane Creek. Each of these men received property on the north and south sides of Crane Creek.

The Greater Allen Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 public charity organization, is proud to highlight the Melbourne Founders and host the Annual Melbourne Founders Festival near the banks of Crane Creek during Memorial Day Weekend and Partner with Northrop Grumman to introduce the Melbourne Founders Museum at Crane Creek located at Lipscomb Street and Brothers Avenue.

Click to view this trailer! The Melbourne Founders Museum at Crane Creek uncovers the land’s past through an insightful documentation of black history. In a country where the influence of freed black persons and the importance of African American heritage is often overlooked, the town of Melbourne, Florida, uncovers consequential history within its borders. This documentary follows the restoration and sentimental facts and tradition behind the first black church in Crane Creek. Through the accounts of life-long residents of the town, powerful stories unfold and a glimpse of a tightly knit, resilient community comes into light.


Executive Producer: 

Greater Allen Development Corporation (GADC)

A 501C(3) Public Charity



Directed by: Jennifer East

Produced by: bUneke Productions,

Watch the Film

Check back for LIVE Screening opportunities!

Proceeds to support the The Founders Museum

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Please Support this Cause

There is nothing like going to the theater and seeing a film on the big screen. The second best thing is to curl up on the sofa, and watch on your smart tv! This is a great film to watch. Thank you for supporting this cause and preserving history! for every $10 donation you will receive a link to the film to watch on your own device!

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