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July 11, 2014

Noted state historian dies

LANGSTON (AP) — City officials say noted historian and Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board member Curry Ballard has died.

Langston Mayor Alicia Sumlin said Ballard, 56, died Friday, but she did not have any other details.

Ballard was a native of Los Angeles who received a bachelor’s degree from Langston University and served as the school’s historian-in-residence from 1993 to 2006.

He was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush to a presidential commission to build an African-American museum in Washington.

A member of the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame, Ballard was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board in 2011.

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