Dr. Walter B. Curry, Jr., South Carolina genealogist and founder of Renaissance Publications, LLC, received 2019 International African-American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award in the Non-Fiction Category-Genealogy, for his publication “The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from the Past (1830-1960)” at International AAHGS Book Award Ceremony on Oct, 10 during the 2019 African-American Historical and Genealogy Conference at the College Park Marriot Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, Md.
The Thompson Family: Untold Stories of the Past (1830-1960) is the first of several volumes that chronicles the genealogical diversity of the Thompson Family. From the bowels of the Skillet Community of Salley, S.C, this book chronicles the reflections and experiences of relatives that intersects the common themes of African-American History as well as themes of civic engagement, tragedy, and achievement. Several narratives which include a slave who purchased his freedom, a relative who served as a cook in the Confederate Army, a young relative who was tragically murdered, and a sharecropper who became a prominent soil conservationist. The book available on Amazon for $25.
Dr. Curry, Jr. is a native of Orangeburg, S.C. He is a 1999 graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State University in 2003. In addition, he earned several graduate degrees in education which includes a doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Argosy University, Sarasota. Dr. Curry has taught middle school social studies for five years in urban and rural school districts and currently a professor of education at Claflin University School of Education. Dr. Curry is a member of several civic, historical, and professional societies which include the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, Friends of the Aiken County Museum, and the Aiken County Historical Society.
Dr. Curry said “I am honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. I thank my family, friends, and stakeholders for their support. This award is a testament to the rich legacy of my family and the richness of African-American History in both Aiken County and South Carolina”.
Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker wrote “What a wonderful contribution to both the Thompson family and to local historical research! Reading of the trials and travails, and triumphs and victories, the family reminds me that history isn’t about vast, mechanical “historical forces” but instead results from the individual efforts and indomitable will of countless individuals.”
The International AAHGS Book Awards (IABA) is a competitive contest established to recognize, promote and honor authors of high quality publications that accurately examine and portray African-ancestored family history and genealogy in a wide variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction, for adults.
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization that strives to preserve African ancestral family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. Our primary goals are to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories. For more information, go to www.aahgs.com.
Dr. Curry currently resides in Columbia with his wife, Takiyah S. Curry, who is a registered nurse and graduate of the University of South Carolina. They are the proud parents of their sons, Braxton and Braylen. To contact Dr. Curry to schedule a book presentation & signing, he can be reached at (803) 404-2117 or [email protected]