The mission of the Apprend Foundation / Crafting Freedom Institute is:

To disseminate knowledge and to foster research on 19th century African American history with a focus on teaching K-12 teachers about the institution of slavery and about African Americans who "crafted freedom" and created greater opportunities for themselves and others during the Antebellum period forward.

Our primary audience is K-12 schoolteachers throughout the United States and their students. A secondary audience is the general public. Through partnerships with schools, universities, museums, historic sites, art and performing art organizations, as well as through collaborations with scholars and educators, the Apprend Foundation/Crafting Freedom Institute offers teacher workshops, fosters research, and provides instructional media and material on slavery and the African-American historical experience for K-12 educators to use in their teaching.