Noted Historian Charles L. Blockson RememberedJul 15, 2023 10:00AM ● By Karen Warrington
Dr. Diane Turner, curator of the Collection said, “Blockson has been a great influence on numerous scholars, students and people of all nationalities.” And, we will continue to promote his legacy through hard work and dedication.
Born in 1933 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Blockson was educated in Norristown public schools. And, in the fourth-grade class, a white substitute teacher explained, in the strongest of terms, that, “Negroes have no history. They were born to serve White people!” But, after being assured by his parents that his teacher was uneducated on the subject, young Blockson began a lifelong journey to refute the teacher’s ignorance. The rest of his life was spent unearthing, collecting and preserving African and African American history and culture.
Image: The African American Museum of Philadelphia, cofounded by Charles Blockson. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Blockson was a cofounder of the African American Museum of Philadelphia and a founding member of Pennsylvania history committee of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Director of the Philadelphia African American state marker project. Mr. Blockson also excelled in sports. He was a star athlete at Norristown High School and his alma mater Penn State University.
Mr. Blockson was honored as one of FunTimes Magazine's Men of Influence in 2017.
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