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Julian Abele

February 4, 2010
Julian Abele (April 30, 1881 – April 23, 1950) was a prominent African-American architect, known best for his work on the Duke University campus and on the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was the first black architecture graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s department of Architecture in 1902. His principal role in designing Duke University in grand scale and exquisite detail was “hidden in the shadows” because time and circumstance conspired to conceal his considerable professional talent. It wasn’t until 1986 when his great grand-niece, Susan Cook, revealed that Abele was unable to see his own work due to his revulsion of segregation in the South and needed to be publicly recognized by Duke.
More info:  Duke ArchivesPenn Archives.
Ruthie Hubbard
COL ‘12

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  1. Leah Glende permalink
    February 5, 2010 7:09 pm

    Hello – thought this information on Black History is so interesting and the students did a fantastic job researching the information. Is there any way that I would be able to use this information on my Diversity Calendar that I created for the State of Connecticut – Office of the State Comproller. I would like to see the whole month of information and wondered if I could have it in a format that would I would be able to include it in my Diversity Calendar.

    I will be away from the office for a few weeks but if this is something that could be sent to my email – that would be great. If not I have some IT people that could help me.

    Great job! Love this information.
    Have a great day.

    Leah Glende
    Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
    Office of the State Comptroller
    55 Elm Street
    Hartford, CT 06106
    (860)702-3321

    Thanks again.

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