Sherman Wooden: Author of “THE PLACE I CALL HOME”

“Follow the underground railroad” via the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies exhibit at the Weinberg Memorial Library, Heritage Room, March 10-18, during regular library hours. Join “Scranton’s Native Son” Sherman Wooden for a reception and book signing on March 15, 2011, from 4:30-6:30pm at the same venue. 

Sherman F. Wooden is the president of the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies and the author of The Place I Call Home, published in 2009.  He was director of Multicultural Affairs at The University of Scranton, retiring from that position in 2010.  Mr. Wooden spearheaded research on the African American presence and contribution in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and, in particular, the role that the Underground Railroad played in the region.  In taking this project on, Wooden uncovered an untold story that is a significant chapter in the history of Pennsylvania and the United States.

Born in Washington, D.C., Wooden grew up in Montrose, Pennsylvania, a vital center of Underground Railroad activity. He graduated from Elk Lake High School, went on to receive both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and attended The Catholic University of America for doctoral studies.  He did further graduate work at the University of North Carolina, University of Maryland, New York University and Harvard University.

Sherman Wooden is retired from The University of Scranton and is now busily engaged as a community leader and the principal resource person for information about the role of the Underground Railroad and the African American population in Northeastern Pennsylvania.   A dedicated educator, he worked as a public school teacher and a lecturer at Howard University and Catholic University before joining the faculty at The University of Scranton.
Currently, Mr. Wooden serves on several boards, including the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, Friends of the Weinberg Library Advisory Board and the Board of Friendship House in Scranton. He has served on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission for African American Affairs, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, and as President of the Council on Community Affairs and the Old Mill Village Museum. He is a valued member of the Greater Scranton MLK Commission. 

He is married to the former Cynthia Ann Gary and he has three grown children:  Reina, Harrisburg, Pa., Helena, Washington, D.C. and Sherman, Jr., San Diego.

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Exhibit and presentation proudly presented by the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Weinberg Memorial Library.


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