John Hope Franklin Dies at 94

March, 25, 2009, by Jedidiah

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The N&O has the news of Duke Historian John Hope Franklin’s death. Franklin was a very influential Triangle resident and historian whose legacy will live on through his teachings and the art, technology, and outreach of the John Hope Franklin Center on Duke’s Campus.

John Hope Franklin, the revered historian who chronicled the South and gave definition to the African-American experience, died this morning at the age of 94.

Franklin, the James B. Duke professor of history emeritus at Duke University, died at Duke Hospital, said Ddavid Jarmul, a spokesman for Duke University.

Franklin was considered one of the most influential historians of the 20th century. His book “From Slavery to Freedom,” first published in 1947, was a seminal work on African-American history and has sold 3.5 million copies.

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