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Roger Abrahams ’55

Roger Abrahams ’55, one of the first folklorists to study the language and performance styles of black Americans as reflected in songs, proverbs, and riddles both old and new, died June 20, 2017.

Described as “probably the most celebrated living preservationist of African-American secular oral traditions,” Roger concluded his teaching career at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named inaugural director of its Center for Folklore and Ethnography.

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