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.

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)