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Thomas Cripps, historian of black Hollywood and Morgan State professor, dies

Thomas Cripps, historian of black Hollywood and Morgan State professor, dies

Dr. Thomas Cripps, a historian of African-American cinema and a retired Morgan State University professor, died of Alzheimer’s disease complications on his 86th birthday, Sept. 17, at Symphony Manor. He was a longtime Bolton Street resident.

Born in Baltimore and raised on West Mosher Street, he was the son of Benjamin F. Cripps, a Baltimore Gas and Electric employee, and his wife Marian F. Leach.

He was a 1950 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and obtained a bachelor’s degree at Towson University and a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Maryland College Park.

As a Polytechnic student, he pitched on the...

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