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Oklahoma Historian, Pardon And Parole Board Member Passes Away

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City officials in Langston say noted historian and Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board member Curry Ballard has died. City officials in Langston say noted historian and Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board member Curry Ballard has died.
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City officials in Langston say noted historian and Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board member Curry 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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