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historian , Librarian , religious consultant , writer

Sherry Sherrod DuPree is an American educator, librarian, archivist, and author.


Sherry DuPree was born on November 25, 1946 in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States in the family of Matthew Needham and Mary Elouise (Heartley) Sherrod.


She became a Bachelor of Science at North Carolina Central University in 1968. Then she became a Master of Arts at North Carolina Central University in 1969 and Master of Library Science at University Michigan, 1974.


She is the founder and organizer of the DuPree African-American Pentecostal and Holiness Collection (materials on African American Pentecostal churches, etc.) at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Has also organized museum exhibit on African American gospel music for the University of Florida; exhibit traveled to the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, IL. Member of board of directors for the Middle Atlantic Regional Press, Washington, DC; Institute for Black Family Development, Detroit, MI; Ocala Marine Institute Canopy; and Florida Ancestor’s Project. Consultant; has made presentations on educational and religious issues in several locations, including Toronto, Ontario, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, Gainesville, FL, Washington, DC, Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL, New Orleans, LA, and Virginia Beach, VA.


  • Sherrod DuPree has dedicated much of her multi-faceted career towards preserving and explaining the history of the African American Pentecostal religious movement. She has penned books on the subject by herself, and with her husband, Herbert C. DuPree.



  • American Library Association

  • Society of American Archivists

  • Zeta Phi Beta

  • Society for Pentecostal Studies

  • African American Religious Group

  • Writers Platform Association

  • Resources to Religions Caucus

  • National Association for Female Executives

  • Florida Library Association

  • Rosewood Massacre Forum

  • Alachua Library League

  • Billy Graham Archives Minority Council

  • Florida Community College Association

  • University of Florida Libraries Association


  • Other Interests

    Reading, making cloth flowers, playing piano.


She married Herbert Clarence DuPree on January 11, 1975. They have three children: Amil, André, Andrew.

Matthew Needham Sherrod - railroad porter-supervisor

Mary Elouise (Heartley) Sherrod - elementary school teacher

Herbert Clarence DuPree

Amil DuPree

André DuPree

Andrew DuPree