Philip Goodwin Freelon (1952-2019)

Image Ownership: Public domain Philip Freelon is a prominent architect best known for his design of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.  Freelon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 26, 1952, to Allan R. Freelon, Jr. and Elizabeth N. Freelon. His grandfather was … Read MorePhilip Goodwin Freelon (1952-2019)

Harvey Bernard Gantt (1943- )

Harvey B. Gantt, architect and politician, was born January 14, 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina to Christopher and Wilhelmenia Gantt.  In 1961, Gantt attended Iowa State University.  After one year of study, he returned to South Carolina and soon afterwards sued to enter racially segregated … Read MoreHarvey Bernard Gantt (1943- )

Albert I. Cassell (1895-1969)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Albert Irving Cassell, a prominent African American architect, planner, engineer, educator, and entrepreneur, was born on June 25, 1895, in Towson, Maryland.  His parents were Albert and Charlotte Cassell.  Albert’s father was a coal truck driver and trumpet player and … Read MoreAlbert I. Cassell (1895-1969)

Vertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Vertner Woodson Tandy was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was educated at the Candler School.  He gained an understanding of construction by watching his father build and develop homes in Lexington. These early experiences with his father led Tandy to … Read MoreVertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)