About the author

Philip J. Merrill

Philip J. Merrill is the CEO and Founder of Nanny Jack & Company, an African American heritage consulting business. He is currently serving in his seventh year as an appraiser for Chesapeake Collectibles on Maryland Public Television (MPT), a regional PBS affiliated show, and was an Antiques Roadshow appraiser for six seasons as a Black Americana specialist. He is the author of The Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia (1998), The Black America Series: Baltimore (1999) and editor of The World War II Black Regiment that Built the Alaska Military Highway: A Photographic History (2002). Merrill is a producer of a forthcoming documentary, Tell Me More and Then Some, a film about jazz in Baltimore, which is slated for release in 2018. Merrill has also served on numerous heritage, preservation, and historical boards. Most notably, he served as a commissioner for the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. He was recently elected to serve on the board of the Jamestown Foundation in the Mars Bluff community of Florence County, South Carolina.

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