For those of us for whom African American history is a special research interest, John Hope Franklin is a big name.
Dr. Franklin died this morning at Duke University Medical Center.
It is a great loss.
Born right outside of Tulsa in 1915, Dr. Franklin many times told the story of the race riots that happened in Tulsa in 1921. He was one of the last surviving witnesses to it.
A graduate of Fisk University, Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D from Harvard in 1941.
During his long career Dr. Franklin taught at Howard University, the University of Chicago and Duke University, where he was named Professor Emeritus in 1985.
Dr. Franklin was an avid gardener, with a special passion for orchids.
Rest in peace Dr. Franklin, rest in peace.