Mansfield resident John Howard Griffin was a journalist, author and decorated World War II solider. He is best known as the man who darkened his skin and traveled the south as a black man to document life as an African American. The result was “Black Like Me,” published in 1961 and now considered a literary classic that detailed his experiences and showed the world the ills of segregation and racism. Griffin lived in Mansfield from the late 1950s until his death at age 60 in 1980. He is buried in Mansfield Cemetery. In 2011, the 50th anniversary of the publication of Griffin’s book, Mansfield was designated a Literary Landmark by the American Library Association. There are only four other Literary Landmarks in Texas. Former First Lady Laura Bush, once a librarian, was on hand in February 2011 for dedication of the marker at the Mansfield Public Library.
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