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Students Honor a Legacy

Winthrop Jordan, a Bancroft Prize and National Book Award-winning historian who wrote several influential works on American slavery and race relations, died in early 2007. His legacy, however, lives on.

To honor the beloved professor, students and friends created the Winthrop Jordan Memorial Research Fund. The fund will further Jordan’s legacy of teaching, scholarship and philanthropy by supporting graduate student research in slavery, race, religion and sexuality — fields of history in which he studied or taught. The fund recently received a boost through a $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

“Through the years, no faculty person has achieved greater distinction at Ole Miss than Winthrop Jordan,” said Chancellor Robert Khayat. “Historians across the world are aware of his work, his colleagues respected him without reservation, and he was much admired by his students. Although we have lost him, his legacy lives on.”