Georgia Historical Society Honors Reinhardt University Professor and Students for Best Article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly

Atlanta, Ga., October 23, 2019 –  The Georgia Historical Society announced that Dr. Kenneth H. Wheeler, professor of history at Reinhardt University, and nine of his students, are the recipients of the 2019 John C. Inscoe Award for the best article published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly in 2018.

The students, David Busman, Jessica Fanczi, Madeline Gray, Gladys Guzman-Gomez, Abigail M. Merchant, Madelyn Montgomery, Bradley Dane Niday, Kailey Payne, and Aliyah Reeves, collaborated with Dr. Wheeler on the article, “Black Student Experiences in the Racial Integration of Reinhardt College, 1966–1972.”

“We are pleased to present this year’s Inscoe Award for the best article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly last year to Dr. Kenneth H. Wheeler and his students,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “With this work, the authors enrich our understanding of desegregation by taking as their case study Reinhardt College. The well-written article models collaborative scholarship in a way that reflects the dedication to teaching and mentoring of the prize’s namesake, Dr. John Inscoe.”

The Inscoe Award was established in 2018 to honor John Inscoe, the Albert B. Saye Professor of History at the University of Georgia and editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly from 1989 to 2000. It is given for the best article published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly in the previous year.

The award is made possible by an endowment fund (in progress) created through contributions from friends and admirers of John Inscoe. The endowment honors Dr. Inscoe’s life, work, and legacy and provides funds for a cash prize for the Inscoe Award recipient. Donations toward the endowment are ongoing.

Published continuously since 1917, The Georgia Historical Quarterly is one of the premier state historical journals in the United States, published by the Georgia Historical Society. The GHQ features the finest scholarly articles on Georgia history, book reviews covering all aspects of southern and Georgia history, edited primary sources, oral histories, and essays by and about contemporary history-makers.

The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Ken White Atrium of the Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University on October 24 at 6:00 p.m. The media is invited to attend.
What:    Presentation of the John Inscoe Award
When:   Thursday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.
Where:  The Falany Performing Arts Center, Ken White Atrium,
              7340 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska, Georgia

For more information about the John C. Inscoe Award please contact Patricia Meagher, Director of Communications, at 434.996.7085 or by email at