Death of John Hope Franklin

January 2, 1915 - March 25, 2009
Raleigh, North Carolina | Age 94

Pioneering historian, revered scholar and prodigious author
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In his early days as a young academic, researching his pioneering book on the black experience in the U.S. and setting the foundation for a life's work chronicling African-American history, John Hope Franklin had to leave Duke University's manuscript collection to eat lunch or use the bathroom.

Those spaces were for whites only.

"One of the great stories of his life is his dignity in the face of the kind of rampant racism that existed," said Bill Chafe, a...

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