Distinguished Alumnus, Philip Merrill '81, Featured on New Discovery Channel Show

Exciting news for 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Philip Merrill ’81. Philip is featured on a new Discovery Channel show, Mysteries of the Abandoned: Hidden America and he has a new book coming out in early 2023 Baltimore and the Civil Rights Movement. Philip is the CEO and founder of Nanny Jack & Company, an African American heritage consulting business. He is a historian, writer, appraiser, and collector.

More about Philip: 

Philip J. Merrill was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore. His mother headed a nonprofit job training institute for the disadvantaged; his father, George B. Merrill, was a pastor. Merrill’s great-grandmother helped to raise him. He graduated from Friends School of Baltimore in 1981. Merrill would go on to graduate from Loyola University in Maryland in 1985.

Philip Jackson Merrill is the CEO and founder of Nanny Jack & Company, an African American heritage consulting business. He served for eight seasons as a Chesapeake Collectibles appraiser on Maryland Public Television (MPT) and for six seasons as an Antiques Roadshow appraiser and the Black Americana specialist. He is the author of The Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia (1998) and Black America Series: Baltimore (1999) and the editor of The World War II Black Regiment That Built the Alaska Military Highway (2002). He also maintains the Old West Baltimore website.