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George Breathett was born and raised in Tennessee. After earning a Ph.D. in history from the State University of Iowa, he moved to Greensboro in 1953, where he worked as a professor of history and director of planning at Bennett College. His published works include The Catholic Church in Haiti, 1704-1785 and three volumes of Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He served as senior member of the editorial board of the Journal of Negro History, and was a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), among numerous other organizations. The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists awarded him the W.E.B. DuBois Award in 1985. Breathett passed away on 4 August 1988.