Past Grant Recipients
The first DBRC grant was made to TeaLee’s Tea House and Bookstore, located at 611 22nd Street in the Historic Five Points District. TeaLee’s was owned by the husband and wife team Louis Freeman and Risë Jones. Mr. Freeman died on September 25, 2020. With our grant, Mrs. Jones was able to able to remain in the current location, hold on to employees, and put together an online presence for ordering food and merchandise. TeaLee’s is a Black owned business whose irretrievable absence from the Five Points neighborhood would substantially impact the history, culture and presence of African Americans.