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Woolfolk, George Ruble, Sr.

(born: 1915  -  died: 1996) 

George R. Woolfolk was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Theodosia and Lucien Woolfolk. A graduate of Louisville Municipal College for Negroes, Ohio State University, and the University of Wisconsin, Woolfolk served as head of the history department at Prairie View A&M (see the GR Woolfolk Lecture Series at Prarie View) and was the first African American elected as a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. The Political Building at Prairie View was renamed the George Ruble Woolfolk Building in his honor, and the Woolfolk Lecture Series is in recognition of his contributions to public higher education in Texas.

Woolfolk was a scholar, educator, and historian who published numerous articles and books, including The Cotton Regency; the northern merchants and reconstruction, 1865-1880 and The Free Negro in Texas, 1800-1860: a study in cultural compromise.

For more see Who's Who Among African Americans, 1980-1999; Directory of American Scholars, 1974-1982; George Ruble Woolfolk at the website; and The Texas State Historical Association's Handbook of Texas. See his photograph and burial location at Find a Grave.

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