National Institute on Aging

Emory University Scholar Honored for Exhibition on Black Civil War Soldiers

Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta, received the 2017 Primary Source Award for Research from the Center for Research Libraries. Dr. McDaniels was honored for his exhibition “What Must Be Remembered.” The exhibit was based on Natasha Tretheway’s poetry collection on the memories of Black soldiers during the Civil War.

The award committee noted that the exhibition “is an exceptional example of collaboration between a historian and a visual artist using primary source materials. By taking material evidence from the lives of enslaved African Americans and applying an interpretive lens, a fuller understanding of African American experience is achieved.”

Dr. McDaniels is a graduate of Oregon State University and played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League from 1993 to 1998. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D from Emory University.


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  1. Licia Clifton-James says:

    Congratulations Pellom! Yet another wonderful contribution to the education of the U.S.! So proud to call you a friend.

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