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Dr. Gwendolyn Hall is professor emerita of history at Rutgers University, where she taught Latin American and Caribbean history. A noted New Orleans writer and historian, Dr. Hall has written four books, and developed and edited Databases for the Study of Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1699 - 1860 (2000), from which this search engine is built. Dr. Hall has received numerous awards, speaks regularly on the subject of Afro-American history, and is an elder of the African Heritage Studies Society and a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Hall resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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