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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 20 - Funerals

Thomas F. Freeman


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This home movie includes footage from several graveside funerals, in at least one of which, Thomas F. Freeman serves as a pallbearer.
Dr. Thomas F. Freeman was born in 1919 in Richmond, Virginia, where he also spent his childhood and attended college. Freeman left Virginia temporarily to serve a nine month contract at Houston’s Texas Southern University in 1949. Almost 64 years later, Dr. Freeman is still a professor and debate coach at TSU, still on campus six days a week, and has helped multiple generations of young Texan African-American students find their voice and rise to new heights of scholarly achievement. A pillar of the Houston community, Dr. Freeman also has ministered at Mt. Horem Baptist Church for 63 years, still delivering sermons every Sunday, taught Religious Studies at Rice University for 20 years, helped found Houston’s Model Cities program, founded and served as Dean of TSU’s Weekend College, was the Founding Dean of TSU’s Honors College, and over the course of his teaching career, taught and influenced many prominent African-Americans leaders, including Otis King, Barbara Jordan, and Martin Luther King, Jr.