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History MA Alumna Simone Austin
Simone Austin and the Wilmington 1968 website

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Etched in Memory" written by  TyLisa C. Johnson, focuses on the 1968 National Guard occupation of Wilmington Delaware in the wake of Martin Luther King's assassination. The article drew upon University of Delaware Alumna Simone Austin's (M.A. History, 2017) graduate research. Her interest in the topic was sparked while taking an Africana Studies class taught by the curator of contemporary art at the Delaware Art Museum, Margaret Winslow. Students in the class learned to use archival materials and newly discovered newspaper photographs from 1968 to study the events of that year and their impact on the city and its residents. While enrolled in the University of Delaware Museum Studies certificate program, Ms. Austin was offered a graduate fellowship at the Delaware Art Museum where she served as the primary researcher for the community website www.wilmington1968.org.

You can read more about the National Guard's occupation of Wilmington and see interviews of Wilmington residents impacted by the occupation on the Inquirer Daily News website www.philly.com.

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Simone Austin's (M.A. History, 2017) graduate research in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Etched in Memory."

​Simone Austin's (M.A. History, 2017) graduate research in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Etched in Memory."

12/13/2018
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