John Hope Franklin: Imprint of an American Scholar


John Hope Franklin, 1950's

John Hope Franklin, 1950's

John Hope Franklin was one of the most well-known and influential scholars of his era. Over the Course of his nearly 70 years as a historian, Franklin molded hundreds, if not thousands, of students to raise scholastic standards within his field and broke countless professional barriers along the way. Franklin was also the definition of a public intellectual, continuously lending his scholarship and influence to causes beyond the walls of academia. This exhibition explores his indelible imprint on the classroom, the institution, his public and private relationships, and his life's work of utilizing history and knowledge to cultivate a better human society.

This portrait was commissioned by Duke University in honor of John Hope Franklin. The artist is Simmie Knox and hangs in the University's landmark Gothic Reading Room.

John Hope Franklin Portrait

This online exhibition was created as a part of the "John Hope Franklin @100: Scholar, Activist , Citizen" Duke University Celebration of Dr. John Hope Franklin.

It was curated by John B. Gartrell, Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Special acknowledgements go to Franklin Research Center graduate interns - Karlyn Forner (2013-14) and Gloria Ayee (2014-15), and John and Karen Franklin.

For more information about the events and other digital resources related John Hope Franklin please visit the John Hope Franklin @100 main website; note especially a JHF digital timeline and the JHF interactive map.

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