International African-American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award to Walter Curry Jr.

Walter B. Curry Jr., who teaches online graduate courses in the master of education degree program at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, received the 2019 International African-American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award. Dr. Curry was recognized at the 2019 African-American Historical and Genealogy Conference in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Dr. Curry was honored for his book The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from the Past (1830-1960). The book includes the stories of African Americans from the Skillet Community of Salley, South Carolina. Among the stories related in the book are those of a slave who purchased his freedom, a relative who served as a cook in the Confederate Army, a young relative who was tragically murdered, and a sharecropper who became a prominent soil conservationist.

Dr. Curry holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State University. He earned a master’s degree in teaching skills and methodologies through Cambridge College in Massachusetts and an educational doctorate from Argosy University, which is based in Sarasota, Florida.

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