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Books ➔ Book, Black April

Peterkin, Julia. Black April. Grosset & Dunlap, 1927.

Black April was written by Julia Peterkin and was published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1927. It is the first novel Peterkin wrote and tells the fictional story of life on a South Carolina plantation. 
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Julia Peterkin
Julia Peterkin, born in 1880, was an American author known for works such as Scarlet Sister Mary, Green Thursday, and Black April. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929 and was one of the few white authors who wrote about the experiences of African-Americans. She passed away in 1961. 

Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.
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