Historians

Bob Barnett

Dr. Bob Barnett

Professor Emeritus

  • Grew Up In Newell, WV
  • Graduated From Newell Hs (1961)
  • Earned 10letters In Football, Basketball, & Baseball
  • Attended West Liberty Statecollege
  • Was WViac Conference Wrestling Champion (123 Lb Class)
  • Member Of Golf Team
  • Ba, Marshall University (1965)
  • Ma & Phd, Ohiostate Univ. (1972)
  • Had Teaching Career That Spanned 43 Yrs Beginning Asan American History Teacher & Coach At Eastmoor Hs In Columbus, Oh
  • In 1st Yr Of Teaching & Coaching At Marshall Univ., Received The 1973 Ncaahonorable Mention Rookie Wrestling Coach Of Yr Award
  • During His 35yrs At Marshall, Served In A Number Of Roles Including Head Wrestlingcoach, Professor, Division Chair, & Director Of Grants & Research For Theuniversity
  • An Active Researcher
  • Published More Than 300 Articles
  • Wrote 2 Television Documentaries & Published His 1st Book Growing Up Inthe Last Small Town: A West Virginia Memoir, In April 2010
  • A WVsports Historian Who Has Focused Much Of His Career On Researching Therole Of African-Americans In Sports
  • In 1982, Received A Humanities Council In WV Grant To Research WV‛Ssegregated WV Athletic Union State Basketball Tournament
  • His Study Stands As The Only History Of Anafrican-American State Tournament In The 13 States That Had Segregated Hs Basketball Tournaments
  • Based Onextensive Research & Interviews, His History Has Been Presented At An International Meeting Of Sporthistorians, Published In Goldenseal Magazine & Has Been Reprinted & Cited In Numerous Publications
  • Thatproject Provided The Basis For A Number Of Other Articles On African-Americans In Sports
  • Since Then He Haspublished Articles In African-Americans In Sports, Encyclopedia Of Ethnicity & Sports, The Readers Guide Toamerican History, Biographical Dictionary Of American Sports, Pittsburgh Courier, West Virginia Encyclopedia, & Has Published 4 Articles On The 1st African-American Players On National Football League Teams
  • Currentlyworking On A Book, Hillside Fields: A History Of Sports In West Virginia, That Includes Chapters On The WVathletic Union Tournament & The WV State College National Championship Basketball Teams Of The Late 1940s
  • Married To Liz
  • 2 Children & 5 Grandchildren

Roberta Davis Freeman

Roberta Davis Freeman

Roberta Davis Freeman

Greatest of the Great Historian

  • Born In Rosemont, WV To Robert Davis, Sr & Gracie Powell Davis-Holyfield,Who Was 1 Of The 1st Students To Attend Lincon Rosemont In 1921
  • Attended Lincoln School, Rosemont (A One Room School House That Is Still Standing & Is A Historical Landmark) For 8 Yrs
  • Attended Kelly Miller Hs Until 11th Grade Then Graduated From Flemington Hs
  • 1st Black To Attend & Graduate From Flemington Hs, WV (1955)
  • Attended WVu (1972)
  • Secretary Of The Flemington Nutrition Site  Member Of The Taylor &
  • Now An Active Member Of Flemingo Ceos
  • Member Of Flemington High School Reunion, Kelly Miller Reunion Association, & The Kelly Miller Scholarship Foundation
  • Founder & Org. Of The 1st Lincoln School Reunion (2000)
  • Until That Reunion, Some Of The Students Had Not Returned To Rosemont For Over 50 Yrs
  • A Historian Of The Lincoln School
  • Member Of The Executive Committee, Thunder On Tygart Restoration Foundation, Which Was Responsible For The Preservation & Dedication Of The Rosemont School As A Local Landmark With Sen. Jay Rockefeller As Guest Speaker (1999)
  • Organized The History Of The Lincoln School, A History Book On Lincoln Rosemont That Is Dedicated To “Thunder On The Tygart Restoration Foundation That Was Founded By Tom & Olive Dadisman
  • Member Of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
  • Past President & Current Vice President Of The Deaconess Ministry, Agape Ministry, & Women‛s Ministry
  • Married Charles A. Freeman
  • 1 Daughter- Debora A. Davis

 

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