David Withun

Independent Historian

David Withun is a Ph.D. candidate in humanities at Faulkner University, a history and literature teacher at Savannah Classical Academy, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on Classical Greco-Roman influences in the works of W.E.B. DuBois. He is also an editorial assistant at Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. His essays and book reviews have been published in the Journal of African American Studies, the Journal of Faith and the AcademyPhylonBlack Perspectives, and other journals and magazines. His research focuses on the relationship between ancient myth and American literature. He lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife, Vanessa, and their three children.

Robert Benham (1946- )

Robert Benham is the first African American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia.  Benham was born September 25, 1946, in Cartersville, Georgia, to Jesse Knox and Clarence Benham. He is the great-grandchild of enslaved people. After graduation from Summer Hill High School in 1963, Benham … Read MoreRobert Benham (1946- )

Mother Mathilda Beasley (1832-1903)

Image Ownership: Public domain Mother Mathilda Beasley (née Taylor) was the first African American Roman Catholic nun in Georgia. Much of Beasley’s life—including the circumstances that led to her freedom, her move from her birthplace in New Orleans, Louisiana to Savannah, and her conversion to Roman Catholicism—remain a mystery. What is known, … Read MoreMother Mathilda Beasley (1832-1903)