Flower Man

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Flower Man

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Flower Man

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Revered historian John Hope Franklin, the author of the seminal work From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, left his mark on, of all things, orchid culture.

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He and his wife, Aurelia Whittington Franklin, collected and cultivated orchids in their own home greenhouses throughout their 58-year marriage.

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In 1976 a hybrid orchid was named in his honor, Phalaenopsis John Hope Franklin. In 1999, upon his wife’s passing, a South Carolina greenhouse named one for her as well: Phalaenopsis Aurelia Franklin.

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During his career he would author more than 20 books. Franklin fell in love with the study of history at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

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After graduating magna cum laude from Fisk in 1935, he was admitted to Harvard University’s graduate history program, the first African American from a historically black institution to enter directly.

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Although Franklin was a Ph.D. and a published author by 1943, institutional racism remained fierce, and the U.S. War Department refused to hire him as a historian, selecting less-qualified white applicants instead.

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While he acknowledged his special responsibilities as an African-American scholar, he believed that African-American history was not a separate discipline from American history but a part of it, and in 1969 he famously turned down the chairmanship of Harvard’s newly formed Afro-American-studies department on this basis.

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While at Fisk, he spearheaded protests against the lynching of a local black man and sent letters decrying the horrific practice to both the mayor of Nashville and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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He served as an expert witness in the 1949 lawsuit that led to the desegregation of the University of Kentucky’s graduate school. In 1953, while teaching at Howard University, Franklin helped document the historical portion of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s brief in Brown v. Board of Education. In 1965 he marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

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During his career he received more than 200 awards and honorary degrees.

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