Such sad news. Phil Freelon was a visionary genius who gave us so many artistic gifts. Prayers for @OfficialNnenna and his family. I remember this pic from the media walkthrru at @Nmaahc while still under construction. Just look at his pride. Rest in Power pic.twitter.com/i3fFj7VM8H— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) July 9, 2019
My father-in-law, Phil Freelon, made his transition today. ALS may have cut his time here short, but we are so grateful for everything he gave as a father, grandfather, architect and humanitarian. He lives on in his buildings and his legacy: https://t.co/4IJUXGl44n— Kate Sheppard (@kate_sheppard) July 9, 2019
Phil Freelon, the architect of the African-American History Museum (and many others as well), has died.I profiled him for @ourstatemag in 2017. "History is a funny thing. There can be poignant moments embedded in these objects.” https://t.co/ZDlUc0w8N4 — David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) July 9, 2019
Most recently, Freelon and his wife, Nnenna, a Grammy-nominated jazz singer, unveiled their renovation of the NorthStar Church of the Arts, a house of worship and space for creative activities in Durham. In a message on NorthStar's website, the Freelon family requested the bereaved donate to the church in lieu of buying flowers.
A brilliant mind. Incredible architect and esteemed designer. One of my biggest influences. I am grateful for the many opportunities I had to meet you and discuss your inspirational buildings and moving projects. Rest Well Mr. Phil Freelon. pic.twitter.com/siVUER57a4— Cheryl Dixon (@CherylDDesign) July 9, 2019