Stephanie Jones-Rogers has been awarded the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize by the NYPL Schomburg Center, for her book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (Yale University Press, 2019). The Harriet Tubman Prize is awarded to the best nonfiction book published in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World.
“As a descendent of enslaved people and the granddaughter of North Carolina sharecroppers, it is a profound honor to receive the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize,” Dr. Jones-Rogers said. “When I became a historian, I committed myself to honoring them, dignifying their memories, and doing justice to their experiences in and with the stories I tell. I heartily thank the judges and the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery for recognizing my devotion to this important work.”
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