Benedict College National Alumni Association

Distinguished Service Award


Mrs. Susan Freeman '38

Susan B. Freeman, a native Columbian, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1932 and attended Benedict College where she earned certification as a teacher. She received a Master's degree from the University of South Carolina. She began her first teaching job in Saluda SC, where she met and later was married to the late Joseph R. Freeman who was the "Ag Man" and assistant principal of the Saluda Rosenwald High School.

She later joined Richland County School District One and worked as a teacher and junior high school counselor for several years. When Mrs. Freeman accepted the position as a teachers' consultant for the district's central administrative staff, she became the first African American to serve in the position to help teachers of special education students.

She has received numerous Awards and Honors, among them are: Certificate of Appreciation for serving as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development presented by Mayor Bob Coble; Special Recognition from the Greater Community Relations Council; founding member of her community organization; Booker T. Washington High School Foundation, and the Allen-Benedict Community Development Board. She awards two scholarships annually in the name of Susan B. Freeman. One is given to Benedict College and the other to Booker T. Washington High School Foundation.

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