Butterfield Expresses Condolences on the Passing of Phil Freelon

Jul 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the passing of Phil Freelon, a Durham, North Carolina resident and renowned architect of the Smithsonian African American History Museum.

“I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of a man of great vision and talent, North Carolina’s own, Phil Freelon. Well-known for his architectural genius, creating projects across the country with a targeted focus on the story-telling of the African American experience; he was able to culminate some of his greatest work as he thoughtfully and solemnly crowned the expanse of the black experience through his vision and execution of the widely popular Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. A celebrated architect, artist, husband and father, Phil Freelon will forever be immortalized by his incredible contributions to the state of North Carolina, his indelible mark left throughout the city of Durham and his monumental impact that continues its far and wide reach. Phil Freelon was a true treasure who will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.” 




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