Spencer Crew

Spencer Crew

Spencer Crew has worked in public history institutions for more than twenty-five years.  He served the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the National Museum of American History, and Smithsonian Institution. At each of those institutions, he sought to make history accessible to the public through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and public programs. His most important exhibition was the ground breaking “Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 1915 – 1940” which generated a national discussion about migration, race, and creating historical exhibitions. Crew has published extensively in the areas of African American and Public History.  Among his publications are Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 1915 – 1940 (1987), and Black Life in Secondary Cities: A Comparative Analysis of the Black Communities of Camden and Elizabeth, N.J. 1860 – 1920 (1993). He co-authored The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (2002), Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives (2002), Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project (2014), and Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives (2015). He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Rutgers University. He is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni.