Henry Beard Delany — 1858-1928
Patriarch of the Saint Augustine Delany Family. Father of 10 children, Henry was born into slavery; first family member to attend Saint Augustine’s College from 1881 to 1885, graduating with a degree in theology. Henry was also the first African American bishop elected in Episcopal Church in NC and the US.
History During Henry Beard Delany's Lifetime
1858: Pro-slavery constitution rejected in Kansas. Abraham Lincoln makes strong antislavery speech in Springfield, Ill.: “This Government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.” Lincoln-Douglas debates. First trans-Atlantic telegraph cable completed by Cyrus W. Field.
- 5 Years Old
1863: President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the Confederate states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
- 10 Years Old
1868: Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, defining citizenship. Individuals born or naturalized in the United States are American citizens, including those born as slaves. This nullifies the Dred Scott Case (1857), which had ruled that blacks were not citizens.
- 20 Years Old
1878: Quaker Oats, the first mass-marketed breakfast food.
- 30 Years Old
1888: Nikola Tesla invents alternating current.
- 40 Years Old
1898: Notre Dame professor sends a wireless telegraph message for one mile.
- 50 Years Old
1908: A trust, the Motion Picture Patents Co., is set up to control U.S. movie making.
1928: Disney adds sound to cartoons; Steamboat Willie introduces Mickey Mouse.