Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Delaney Sisters' Mementos among Artifacts Sent to St. Augustine's

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Delaney Sisters' Mementos among Artifacts Sent to St. Augustine's

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Paperwork, photos, and other mementos of the Delany sisters have returned to the St. Augustine's College campus where the famous centenarians were raised.

Several months after Sadie Delany died at the age of 109, her descendants have donated to the school materials from her estate and those of her sister, Bessie, who died at 104 in 1995.

"This is not just St. Augustine's College history, but it's the Episcopal church history, Raleigh and North Carolina's history," says Linda Simmons-Henry, library director at the school. "It's just a very rich collection."

The sisters' best-selling 1993 novel, "Having Our Say," chronicled their lives at St. Augustine's, where they were reared with their eight brothers and sisters. Their father, Bishop Henry Beard Delany, the principal of the college, was the first Black elected African American Episcopal priest in the United States. The sisters are buried in Raleigh's Mount Hope Cemetery between the graves of their father and mother.

In May, St. Augustine's interim president, A. Melvin Miller, told Simmons-Henry that the Delany family was interested in donating the sisters' papers to the college. …

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