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Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries, capturing the lives and legacies of people who have influenced the world in which we live.

But many important figures were left out.

These remarkable black men and women never received obituaries in The New York Times – until now. Their stories have been added to the newspaper’s “Overlooked” project about prominent people whose deaths were not reported by the paper.

To commemorate Black History Month, the Libraries invite you to visit our displays which highlight these overlooked individuals. A short description is provided for each influential person. Lift up each cover page to reveal a picture of the individual and their obituary, bringing their story to light. “Overlooked” displays can be found in the James B. Duke Library and the branch libraries.

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