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Correction: Obit-Ballard story

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LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) - In a story July 11 about the death of a noted Oklahoma historian, The Associated Press misspelled his first name. His name was Currie Ballard, not Curry Ballard.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Langston: Historian, parole board member dies

Langston officials say noted historian, parole board member Currie Ballard dead at 56

LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) - City officials in Langston say noted historian and Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board member Currie Ballard has died.

Langston Mayor Alicia Sumlin said the 56-year-old Ballard died Friday, but did not have any other details.

Ballard was a native of Los Angeles who received a bachelor's degree from Langston University and served as the school's historian-in-residence from 1993 to 2006.

He was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush to a presidential commission to build an African-American museum in Washington, D.C., and later to a federal task force to study the contributions of slave laborers in the construction of the U.S. Capitol.

A member of the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame, Ballard was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board in 2011.

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