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Raymond Gavins

Raymond Gavins was Professor of History at Duke University until his death on May 22, 2016. He was the first African American to receive a doctorate from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, and he was the first African American on the history faculty at Duke, where he served as Director of Graduate Studies. He oversaw the collection of more than 1,250 oral histories as Co-Director of “Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South.” His publications included The Perils and Prospects of Southern Black Leadership: Gordon Blaine Hancock, 1884–1970 (1977); Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South (2001), which he co-edited with William Chafe; and The Cambridge Guide to African American History (2016).
Books by Raymond Gavins:
  • Historians in Service of a Better South: Essays in Honor of Paul Gaston
  • ISBN: 1-60306-446-X, Trade Paper