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March 15, 2017

63-year-old architect says life prepared him to design African-American museum

  • Phil Freelon's crowning success came mixed with heartrending news: he has been diagnosed with ALS, a neurological disease that leads to total paralysis.
    Associated Press

    DURHAM, N.C. — The National Museum of African American History and Culture was a long time coming, but for architect Phil Freelon it was right on time.

    “It seems like I was preparing for that my whole life,” Freelon said in an interview at his office in Durham. “It came along at a time when I was prepared. If it had come online 10 years earlier, I think the Smithsonian might have considered me too young or not as experienced.”

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