Rosenwald Project

African-Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy

2011 Conference Speakers

Dr. Anthony Parent
Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies,
Wake Forest University

Anthony Parent is Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies.   He teaches American, African and World History.  His scholarly focus areas are African America, Colonial America, and the History of Sexuality.  His current research includes Virginia Slave society, a history of slave rebellion, and slavery and memory.  He serves on the MESDA Advisory Board and is assisting their interpretation of rooms where Harriet Jacobs lived. 

Parent is author of Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia): Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

and co-author of Old Dominion New Commonwealth (2007)
Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent Jr., and William G. Shade.  Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007. Charlottesville, Virginia; University of Virginia Press, 2007.

Dr. Philip Merrill
Author and Historian

Dr. Philip J. Merrill is a nationally recognized expert in African American history and material culture. His specialties include African American historical research, oral history and collecting and interpreting cultural artifacts. An appraiser with the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow for six years, he lectures extensively on African American history.

The owner of an extensive and eclectic collection of Black Americana, Merrill has exhibited widely at museums, schools and universities, national conferences and a variety of other settings. His presentations emphasize the accomplishments and positive contributions that African Americans have made to American society over the course of its history.

Merrill has authored two books, The Black America Series: Baltimore and The Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia, and edited a third, The Black Battalion That Built the Alcan Highway, by William E. Griggs.

Merrill founded and owns Nanny Jack & Co., which produces lectures and exhibits pertaining to African American history.