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Slavery scholar Willie Lee Rose dead at 91

Willie Lee Rose, the groundbreaking scholar on slavery and Reconstruction, has died.

Willie Lee Rose, the groundbreaking scholar on slavery and Reconstruction, died in her sleep on June 20, 2018 at a Baltimore retirement community. She was 91. | Johns Hopkins University via AP

NEW YORK  — A groundbreaking scholar on slavery and Reconstruction has died. Willie Lee Rose was 91.

Rose died in her sleep June 20 at a Baltimore retirement community, Johns Hopkins University told The Associated Press on Thursday. Rose was known for the 1964 publication, “Rehearsal for Reconstruction,” a prize-winning study of a black community off the Atlantic coast and its struggles to build a post-slavery society.

The book won the Francis Parkman Prize for history among other honors and was cited as among the works that helped lead to a more balanced and positive view of Reconstruction and freed slaves.

In 1970, a committee led by Rose released an influential study condemning gender inequality in the historical profession. She taught at Johns Hopkins from 1973-1992.