Eric Ledell SmithEric Ledell Smith (1949 – 2008) was a historian and author in the United States. He served as Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. He was part of a presentation on Frederick Douglass aired on C-Span.
Smith was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was inspired by his grandmother, poet Florence Brown. At the time of his death he was working on the ''Trailblazers: Innovative African Americans in Pennsylvania History'' project writing profiles of historical figures.
He wrote about subjects of Pennsylvania and African American history including books on Bert Williams, Black Opera, African American theaters, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, civil rights movement in Pennsylvania, and an article on the Chester Race Riot. Provided by Wikipedia