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Duchess Harris: Archiving the Past for Future Generations

Well before the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures hit theaters nationwide in December 2016, Duchess Harris, a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) and Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College, was busy unearthing the stories of African American women who worked at NASA from 1943 to 1970. One of these women was Miriam Daniel Mann, Harris’s grandmother.

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