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Highway Named For Franklin

Revered Historian Is A Native of Oklahoma

DURHAM, N.C.--Part of Interstate 85 in North Carolina has been named for civil rights historian John Hope Franklin, a native of Oklahoma. The Herald-Sun of Durham reported part of Iterstate-85 in Durham was named last week as the John H. Franklin Highway. Former federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx proclaimed the highway before he left office in January. Former Secretary Foxx said Franklin helped people understand African-American history in the greater context of American society. Franklin was from Oklahoma and spent his early academic career teaching at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh and then at North Carolina Central University in Durham. While in Durham, Dr. Franklin wrote “From Slavery to Freedom: a History of African-Americans,” which was published in 1947. He was the James Duke professor of history at Duke University, and also taught in Washington, New York and Chicago. Dr. Franklin, who received his..To Read More...subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper