Blockson, Charles L(eRoy)

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BLOCKSON, Charles L(eRoy).

BLOCKSON, Charles L(eRoy). American, b. 1933. Genres: Cultural/Ethnic topics, History, Librarianship, Bibliography. Career: Pennsylvania Black History Committee, director, 1976-; Pennsylvania Afro-American Historical Board, director, 1976-; Governor's Heritage Affairs Commission, Afro-American commissioner, 1983-; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, member of Centennial Committee, 1983-, curator of Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, c. 1984-. Director of Pennsylvania State Historical and Record Advisory Board and Black History Advisory Board. Launched a project to erect 64 historical markers commemorating the contribution of African Americans to Philadelphia, 1989; served as moderator of Black Writer's Conference in Paris, France, 1992; lecturer; organizer of black study programs for schools and colleges; chair of the Valley Forge African-American Revolutionary Soldier Monument; co-founder of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia. Publications: Pennsylvania's Black History, 1975; (with R. Fry) Black Genealogy, 1977; Handbook of Black Librarianship, 1977; The Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania, 1981; The Underground Railroad: First Person Narratives of Escapes to Freedom in the North, 1987; A Commented Bibliography of 101 Influential Books by and about People of African Descent, 1556-1982, 1989; The Journey of John W. Mosley: An African-American Pictorial, 1993; Philadelphia's Guide: African-American State Historical Markers, 1993; The Hippocrene Guide to the Underground Railroad, 1994; African-Americans in Pennsylvania: A History and Guide, 1994; Damn Rare: The Memoirs of an African American Bibliophile, 1998; Philadelphia: 1639-2000, 2000; African Americans in Pennsylvania, 2001. Contributor to books, magazines and scholarly journals. Address: Sullivan Hall, Temple University, Broad and Berks Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19122, U.S.A.

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