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Woolfolk, George Ruble

(born: 1915  -  died: 1996) 

George R. Woolfolk was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Theodosia and Lucien Woolfolk. He was a graduate of Louisville Municipal College for Negroes, Ohio State University, and the University of Wisconsin. Woolfolk was head of the history department at Prairie View A&M 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, an educator, and a historian. He was the author of numerous articles and several 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; and Directory of American Scholars, 1974-1982.

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NKAA Entry: Louisville Municipal College for Negroes
NKAA Source: The Cotton regency; the northern merchants and reconstruction, 1865-1880
NKAA Source: The free Negro in Texas, 1800-1860: a study in cultural compromise
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans
NKAA Source: Directory of American scholars (annual)

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