EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article was compiled and written by Milledgeville Main Street, as part of its efforts to celebrate historic black businesses.

Since the early 1970s, Freeman's Barbershop has been a cornerstone of the community, shaping the landscape of downtown Milledgeville and beyond.

Founded by the late Mr. Robert Freeman, Sr., this establishment has become more than just a barbershop – it's a testament to resilience, family, and tradition. Mr. Freeman learned to cut at an early age watching his uncle (Jordan Freeman) in the Bartow/Sandersville area. He moved back to Milledgeville in his high school years working in several local shops as a teenager. 

His original shop was located at 203 North Wilkinson St. (early 1970s) until the City of Milledgeville purchased all the property surrounding this area which is now the Milledgeville Police Department. The shop then moved to 138 N. Wayne Street until Mr. Freeman purchased the current location (142 North Wayne St.). 

Freeman's legacy continues to thrive through his family members. Today, his wife, son, daughter, son-in-law and grandsons carry forward his vision and values ensuring that Freeman's Barbershop remains a beacon of excellence and community connection. In Milledgeville, Mr. Donald Reese, Mr. Freeman’s son-in-law, proudly upholds the tradition as he skillfully wields the clippers and shears, providing top-notch service to loyal patrons and newcomers alike. Meanwhile, Mr. Freeman's son Rob. Jr. has expanded to four other shops located in the Maryland/DC areas, extending the reach of this beloved institution.

Freeman's Barbershop isn't just a place to get a fresh cut – it's a living testament to the enduring spirit of entrepreneurship, family, and Black excellence. Freeman’s Barbershop has been recognized with many awards through Barbershop and magazines (Black Enterprise, Washington Post, etc.) for giving back to the community. Freeman’s Barbershop has now expanded to the fourth generation. Robert Jr.’s two sons Xavier and Ryan are Master Barbers, as well. 

This Black History Month, let's honor and celebrate the legacy of Freeman's Barbershop and the profound impact it continues to have in our communities.

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