Born at 416 Main Street on 16 May 1886, the son of a Confederate veteran, Douglas Southall Freeman moved with his family to Richmond three years later. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1904 and earned a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1908. Freeman subsequently held several posts as an educator and editor, but he is best known as the editor of the Richmond News Leader (1915-1949) and as the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Robert E. Lee and George Washington. Freeman died in Richmond on 13 June 1953.
Geographic Location: Lynchburg
Physical Description of Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504. Located on Rivermont Avenue, less than 1/5 of a mile north of the junction of Rivermont Avenue and South Amherst Hwy (Rt. 163). Marker is on the right when traveling north on Rivermont Avenue.
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