Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Death of Phillip Freelon

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Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Death of Phillip Freelon

Phil Freelon played a critical role in the transformation of the DC Public Library. In addition to designing the iconic Tenley-Friendship and Anacostia neighborhood libraries, he was an early and authoritative voice that supported the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. In 2012, Phil was commissioned to develop a concept for a reimagined MLK Library and his work ultimately helped convince the Library, city leaders, and the public that the landmarked Mies van der Rohe building could indeed be transformed into an inspiring center for community education. His vision helped the District to see a bolder future for what libraries could offer. I and many others who have been impacted by his work will miss him dearly. On behalf of the DC Public Library, I send my condolences to his family, and all whose lives he impacted.

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Phil Freelon, 66, died today after a brave battle with ALS.