Lapidus Center at the Schomburg Center Announces Winners of Its 2023 Harriet Tubman Prize

By Schomburg Center Staff
January 11, 2024
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Against a dark blue/black background, there are headshots of authors Kerri Greenidge and Jori Lewis.
Authors Kerri K. Greenidge and Jori Lewis are the 2023 winners of the Harriet Tubman Prize. It is awarded by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center.

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center is pleased to announce that Kerri K. Greenidge and Jori Lewis are the winners of its 2023 Harriet Tubman Prize for their books The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family and Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop That Changed History, respectively.

The Harriet Tubman Prize awards $7,500 to the best nonfiction book published in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. Both authors will receive the full prize amount.

Greenidge is the Mellon Assistant Professor in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University, director of American Studies and co-director of the African American Trail Project at Tufts's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

Lewis is an award-winning journalist who writes about agriculture and the environment. She is the senior editor of Adi Magazine, a literary publication covering global politics. 

The Lapidus Center will present the prizes to Greenidge and Lewis in the Spring of 2024. 

A jury composed of distinguished historians and writers, Drs. Daniel A. Livesay, Tiya A. Miles, and Jessica Marie Johnson selected the winners from four finalists chosen by a national committee of librarians and scholars.

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