Little Known Black History Fact: The Delany Sisters

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Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delany, and her sister Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany, became internationally known after the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the sisters as the world’s oldest authors. The Delany Sisters were children of a former slave and used his example to forge careers in education and dentistry respectively.

Sadie Delany, the oldest of the pair, was born September 18, 1889 in Lynch’s Station, Va. Her father, Rev. Henry Beard Delany, was the first Black Episcopal Church bishop in the United States, and her mother, Nanny Logan Delany, was an educator.

Her sister, Bessie Delany, was born September 3, 1891 in Raleigh, N.C. The parents had 10 children in all. The elder Delany sister was the first Black person permitted to teach domestic science in New York high schools. Her parents were faculty members at the St. Augustine School (now University) in Raleigh, and she lived on…

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  1. Cat

    Awe such a sweet story

    1. I thought so too. I thought the part about never marrying because they didn’t want them (a spouse) to “worry them to death” was hilarious.

      1. Cat

        Yes, to true though 🙂

  2. Read about these sisters in a local magazine a few years ago. Thanks for re-introducing their story.

    1. Wow! You’re welcome.

    2. Wow. I bet that was pretty cool. You’re welcome.

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