Black and white head shot photograph of Rachel Freeman, used in a newspaper article.
Rachel Freeman (1941-1996) was born in Elizabethtown, NC. She attended Williston High School but did not graduate. She served ten years on the New Hanover County School Board, and was considered the black community's lone voice on the board. She was a strong advocate for public schools and integrated education.
She was awarded the Joe Wright Award in 1997 for her work towards improving human relations. Rachel Freeman Elementary is named for her, and there is a scholarship fund in her name for graduating seniors to attend UNCW.
School boards--African American membership; Elizabethtown (N.C.); African American Women
NCR Family and Biography Files, "Freeman, Rachel" File
Courtesy of the Wilmington Journal
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