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In memory of John Hope Franklin

2 April 2009 by Richard

It is with great sadness that I pass on the sad news of the death last week of John Hope Franklin, one of the most important American historians of the 20th century and a great advocate of the International Slavery Museum. The museum was fortunate enough to have been visited by John Hope Franklin in 2007 and it was an honour personally to be able to interview this great man, one who more than most strove towards a word free from racism and discrimination. It speaks for itself when messages of condolence are sent from current President Obama as well as Bill Clinton (who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, in 1995) and a host of other eminent historians and scholars. 

For those of you who are not familiar with his life and achievements visit the John Hope Franklin website and I urge you to read the classic ‘From Slavery to Freedom’, a million copy bestseller and a landmark book which made people realise that African American history is not only a part of American history but the two are inseparable and are one.

On behalf of the International Slavery Museum we send our deepest condolences to his family and remind those who have yet to visit the museum that John Hope Franklin can be seen on our Freedom and Enslavement Wall.

a man watching a video screen on a museum wall

A visitor at the Freedom and Enslavement Wall. Photograph copyright of Zak

 

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