Dr. Lorenzo Johnson Greene was a prominent African American historian who authored “The Negro in Colonial New England, and The Wage Earner,” along with Carter Woodson. His most significant academic work was a pioneering study of blacks in Missouri entitled Missouri’s Black Heritage published in 1980.
Greene was born on November 16, 1899 in Ansonia, Connecticut. He received his BA from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1924 and his MA in history from Columbia University in 1926.
From 1928 to 1933, Greene served as a field representative and research assistant to Carter Woodson, the director of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, ASALH) in Washington, D.C.
Greene worked at Lincoln University as instructor and professor of history from 1933 to 1972. During his time there, he continued his graduate studies and received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1942. Dr. Greene also served as the President of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History from 1965 to 1966.
Greene worked actively on educational issues in Missouri and spearheaded efforts to desegregate Kansas City schools in the early 1970s. Dr. Lorenzo Greene died on January 24, 1988.