Historian John Hope Franklin Dies

March 25th, 2009

Franklin, the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University, is perhaps the country’s most famous Black historian. He authored several titles, including the milestone text, “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans,” which was originally published in 1947. The book is widely considered the most comprehensive account of Black history, and Franklin’s research on life in the American South and the African-American experience is revered.

John Hope Franklin
John Hope Franklin


John Hope Franklin, the prominent and influential historian and civil rights activist, died Wednesday at the age of 94.


Born in Oklahoma, Franklin was a graduate of Fisk University. He was also among the researchers who assisted Thurgood Marshall on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case in 1954. He died of congestive heart failure at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.  


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