WV-026 Martin R. Delany

Marker text: MARTIN R. DELANY

Free African-American, born 1812 in Charles Town. Died 1885. Ability to read forced family to move to PA in 1822. Studied medicine and attended Harvard in 1850. Published <i>Mystery</i>, first black newspaper west of Allegh. 1843-47, & co-edited <i>North Star</i> with Frederick Douglass to promote and aid abolitionist cause. Comm. major, highest raning African-American field officer in Union Army, in 1865.

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West Virginia Division of Archives and History, 2003.

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