McKinley Presidential Library & Museum to Present Virtual Book Talk with Benjamin R. Justesen

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will host a virtual book talk with Benjamin R. Justesen, author of Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality, on January 13 at 6:00 PM. The cost for the program is $12/$10 for members. Participants can bring proof of registration to the Museum Shoppe for $10 off the purchase of Justesen’s book.

In Forgotten Legacy, Benjamin R. Justesen reveals a previously unexamined facet of William McKinley’s presidency: an ongoing dedication to the advancement of African Americans, including their appointment to significant roles in the federal government and the safeguarding of their rights as U.S. citizens.

Ben Justesen is the author of six books—including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography, George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life (2001)—and many articles in journals and magazines. A former newspaper reporter, businessman, Foreign Service Officer, and college teacher, he has lived in Jamaica, Denmark, Suriname, Singapore, and Latvia, and now works as an editor in Pembroke Pines, Florida. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. Reservations are required and can be made via Museum’s website at A link for the program will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.


The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr NW in Canton. The Keller Gallery is the Museum’s temporary exhibition space and features a variety of topics each year. The Museum also includes the McKinley National Memorial, McKinley Gallery, Street of Shops, The Stark County Story, Discover World, Ramsayer Research Library, and the Hoover-Price Planetarium. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday.