Washington University’s Gerald Early Brings a Mystery to PBS’s History Detectives

Episode Featuring the Noted St. Louisan Will Air July 12 on Nine PBS


St. Louis, MOJune 29, 2011NotedWashington University professor Gerald Early brings a mystery to the PBS show History Detectives in an episode that will air on Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m. on NinePBS. It will be repeated Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 a.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m.


Early, a professor at the Washington University Center for the Humanities, found a rare 1950s comic book, titled Negro Romance, at an auction. This was the Golden Age of comic books, yet very few featured African American characters. Did black artists create this comic book?  And who was the intended audience? To solve this mystery, History Detectives host Gwendolyn Wright visits Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City.


This episode of History Detectives also investigates a Civil War soldier’s letter and fabric from an aircraft that could be linked to Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky.


This is Early’s second appearance on History Detectives. Last year, hewasfeatured in an episode as an expert helping to solve a mystery about a Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard.


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Washington University professor Gerald Early holds the rare 1950s comic book he found at an auction. He asks the History Detectives series to investigate it in an episode airing July 12 at 8:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. CREDIT: Margot Ahlquist