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Paul Gaston ’52

Paul, a civil rights activist and noted historian of the American South, died June 14, 2019.

A history professor emeritus, Paul joined the University of Virginia in 1957 and taught generations of students for 40 years. He was instrumental in the forming of the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies, in bringing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at the university in 1963, and in the desegregation of Charlottesville and UVa during the civil rights movement. For his efforts, Paul was recognized with the City of Charlottesville’s Bridge Builders Award in 2005 and the Charlottesville-Albemarle NAACP’s Legendary Civil Rights Activist Award in 2008, among other honors.

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