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Whatever happened to Rachel Freeman?

Amanda Greene

According to her obituary published in the StarNews on Sept. 27, 1996, Wilmington educational advocate Rachel Freeman died Sept. 26, 1996, after a lifelong battle with sarcoidosis.

The chronic illness affected her lungs, eyes and limbs. It caused occasional diminished eyesight and blindness for Freeman from the time she was 13. But she didn’t let the illness stop her from focusing her energies on advocating for schoolchildren and serving on the New Hanover County Board of Education for 10 years from 1984 to 1994. She was often called the “conscience of the board.”

To honor her, the district named one of its magnet schools after her, Rachel Freeman School of Science and Engineering.

For more information on her life, visit her memorial website.

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