DR. BENJAMIN ARTHUR QUARLES
Dr. Benjamin A. Quarles was one of the America’s prominent historians of the twentieth century and one of the first African-American historians whose essays appeared in major national historical journals, such as the Mississippi Valley Historical Review. The author or editor of more than fourteen major books on African-American history— including the signature Negro in the Making of America, Frederick Douglass, The Black Abolitionist and The Negro in the American Revolution—Quarles was an historian whose work had the extraordinary quality of being pioneering and definitive.
Quarles joined the faculty of Morgan State College in 1953 as Professor and Chair of the History Department. During his years at Morgan, he became the first scholar named Distinguished Professor, and he was the first faculty member named Teacher-of-the-Year. In addition to being awarded eighteen honorary degrees, including the Doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan on his retirement in 1974, Professor Quarles was appointed Honorary Consultant in U. S. History to the Library of Congress and was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History Lifetime Achievement Award. He remains Morgan’s greatest exemplar of scholarly achievement and effective teaching in African-American history and culture.
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