Boston College Scholars Honored for Their Work on African American Lawyer Robert Morris

Three scholars at Boston College Law School have won an award from the American Association of Law Libraries for their catalog that accompanied the exhibit “Robert Morris: Lawyer and Activist,” that was presented in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room at the law school.

The winning entry was co-curated by Mary Bilder, Founders Professor of Law, Laurel Davis, a lecturer in law and legal information librarian, and Lily Dyer, the curator of rare books and access services librarian.

Morris is believed to be the second African American lawyer in the United States. The exhibit and 25-page illustrated catalog revealed Morris’ essential role in the Massachusetts antislavery and civil rights efforts.

“We are honored to have been given this award from this prominent organization recognizing our work to recover the library and life of Robert Morris, a great lawyer and early African American activist,” said Professor Bilder.

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