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Mesage from the Chancellor: Passing of Phil Freelon



July 9, 2019

Dear NCCU Community,

Below is a statement on the passing today of renowned architect and Durham resident Phil Freelon.

“Phil Freelon was an architectural genius, a committed and engaged member of the Durham community, and a beloved friend of North Carolina Central University. His legacy left an indelible mark on the built environment of NCCU’s campus, with the Freelon Group designing the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), B.N. Duke Annex and leading the restoration of the Dr. James E. Shepard House, now a historical house museum. Our university community surrounds his family with love at this time, especially his cherished wife Nnenna, sons Deen and Pierce, and daughter Maya. 

In 2015, NCCU produced a video with Mr. Freelon speaking about his passion for architecture and an exhibit that was hosted at the NCCU Museum titled, ‘Designing for Community The Cultural, Civic, and Collegiate Work of The Freelon Group.’ You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2fOX4iCO_I.”

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.


Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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