The Wright Museum


About the speaker

Melton McLaurin received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina in 1967 and taught at the University of South Alabama prior to joining the UNC Wilmington department of history as chairperson in 1977. From 1996 until 2003 he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, retiring in 2004. He is the author or co-author of 12 books and numerous articles on various aspects of the history of the American South and race relations. Among his best known works are Separate Pasts, Growing Up White in the Segregated South (University of Georgia Press, 1987), which won the Lillian Smith Award for nonfiction, and Celia, A Slave (University of Georgia Press, 1991), chosen a New York Times notable book for that year.