Rachel's Involvements & Recognition
More Biographical Information

Despite her health challenges, Mrs. Freeman lived an active life. This page gives a partial listing of the causes and organizations Mrs. Freeman worked with and/or received honors from - inlcuding the school, university scholarship, and award named in her honor. If you'd like to contact us about this site or leave a remembrance, email Info@Rachel-Freeman.com.

Member, New Hanover County Board of Education, 1985 - 1994

President, YWCA Board of Directors, 1982 and 1983

Past Chairperson, Youth Today Advisory Council

Chairperson, Education Legislative Committee, New Hanover County

Board of Trustees, Tapestry Theatre

Chairperson, Eaton Task Force

Vice Chairperson, Mayor's Task Force on Unemployment

Member, Friends of Black Children

Member, Friends of David Walker

Member, Federal Relations Network Member, Commitment 91 Drop-Out Prevention Committee

Member, WECT Minority Concerns Committee

The Rachel Freeman School of Science and Engineering was named in honor of Ms. Freeman's devotion to quality education for all children. 


Past Member, Cape Fear Area United Way Board

Member, Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliate

Past Member, Consolidation Study Commission

Past Member, New Hanover County Human Relations Committee

Youth Director, Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

Past Member, Multi-Cultural Education Committee

Past Member, YWCA Advisory Committee on Empowering Through Mentoring

Member, New Hanover County Democratic Party Nominating Committee

Participant, Grandparent Reading Program, Sunset Park Elementary

Recipient, 1984 Susan B. Anthony Award

Selected, 1980 AKA Sorority Mother of the Year

The Rachel Freeman Endowed Scholarship was established for students at UNCW in honor of her memory and determination to be a life-long learner as Ms. Freeman was when she excelled in courses she took at this institution late in life.

In recognition of her community service leadership, UNCW has established The Rachel Freeman Service Leasership Award. It is awarded to a member of the senior class who best embodies the ideals of service to others, commitment to social justice and collaborative leadership.

United Negro College Fund, Meritorious Service Award, 1988

Delta Sigma Theta Community Service Award, 1993

YWCA Woman of Achievement,1987, in the area of Government

NAACP Award, 1988

Women of Distinction, Oakwood College National Alumni Association, 1994

WSSU Alumni Community Service Award, 1993

START Program, Outstanding Service Award, 1989-90

First Precinct Service Award, 1977

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Citizen of the Year, 1986

United Way, Volunteer Service Award, 1985

Represented the New Hanover County School System at hearings before the U.S. Department of Education

Frequently invited to be the guest speaker for various organizations throughout the Greater Wilmington Area
The YWCA Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award was established May 2010 to honor a woman who has overcome great odds (as did Ms. Freeman) to contribute to the community. This  first award was presented by Mrs. Freeman's daughter, Elise, to Margaret S. Rogers for her dedicated volunteer work.










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