In Memoriam

Giles R. Wright Jr. (1935-2008)

Giles R. Wright Jr., a prominent African-American historian, died at a hospital in Mount Holly, New Jersey, after suffering a stroke. He was 73 years old.

For more than 30 years, Wright was director of the Afro-American History Program at the New Jersey Historical Commission. He was an expert on the Underground Railroad in New Jersey. He also taught labor studies and African-American history at Rutgers University.

Wright was a graduate of Georgetown University and held a master’s degree in African history from Howard University.