Independent Historian

David Withun, Ph.D., is the founding Head of School at Jacksonville Classical Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a veteran of the United States Army. He earned his MA and Ph.D. in Humanities with a focus in Literature at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Withun has taught various subjects, including History and Literature, at the K-12 level. He has also taught college Composition, Humanities, and Literature. Dr. Withun’s writing has been published in journals and magazines such as Classical Receptions JournalBlack PerspectivesPhylonForma Journal, and The Explicator. His first book, Co-workers in the Kingdom of Culture: Classics and Cosmopolitanism in the Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, was published by Oxford University Press in spring 2022.

Mother Mathilda Beasley (1832-1903)

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, however, is her birth … Read MoreMother Mathilda Beasley (1832-1903)