Phil Freelon Dies at 66

Renowned architect Phil Freelon was most famously known for designing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He passed away at the age of 66. 

The news was shared by the museum, who said that the "museum family mourns the loss of architect Philip G. Freelon." Smithsonian Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch added: 

 "Though our hearts are heavy, they are filled with appreciation for his vision, his passion and his love for our museum." 

Freelon, 66, was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease, three years ago.  

His family thanks supporters for their prayers and well wishes, and asked that Freelon's legacy be honored by donations to the Northstar Church of arts, instead of flowers.

Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina said the world "lost a distinguished architect, husband, and father of three" and added

"Phil Freelon's impact on our country and our state will be missed."

David E. Price, a representative of the 4th Congressional District, said on Twitter that he joins the "Triangle community in mourning the loss of Freelon." 

He said that Freelon brought history to life through his design of the National African American History Museum, and added

"His work will continue to inspire and challenge generations of Americans to build a brighter, more just future for everyone. My good wishes go out to Phil’s wife Nnenna, his children, and loved ones during this difficult time."

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