Delany, Bessie

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Delany, Bessie Gender: F
Annie Elizabeth Delany
born on 3 September 1891 at 09:30 (= 09:30 AM )
Place Raleigh, North Carolina, 35n46, 78w38
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°46' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 13°36 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 25°53'

Portrait of Bessie Delany 
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Bessie Delany
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American dentist, the second black woman ever licensed to practice dentistry in New York. She was one of ten kids who grew up in the turn of the century in North Carolina, the daughter of a dad who was born a slave and became the nation's first elected black Episcopal Bishop in 1928. All the kids became college educated professionals, a unique picture of family success for any day, let alone then.

Feisty and confrontational, she was known as "Queen Bess." She went to Columbia in 1919 as one of 11 women and the only black woman (along with six black men) in a class of 170. Exposed to racial slurs, she had an escape from the KKK and an occurrence of narrowly avoiding rape. An activist, she joined in protest marches.

Bessie lived most of her life with her sister Sadie in the house they bought together in Mount Vernon, NY. where she loved her garden. The sisters wrote their autobiography together, a wonderful story of early Americana, home-spun wisdom and the depth of simple values.

Bessie died peacefully in her sleep at age 104 at home on 25 September 1995.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Delany, Samuel R. (born 1 April 1942). Notes: Aunt/ nephew
  • role played of/by Dee, Ruby (born 27 October 1922). Notes: 1999 TV film "Having Our Say"


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1919 (Columbia University, only black woman)

Source Notes

Autobiography "Having Our Say, the Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" (written with Amy Hill Hearth, Kodansha International, 1993, NY)


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black, mixed race)
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly (Noted for dignity and values)
  • Family : Childhood : Family close (Supportive family making education tops)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Ten kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad a Bishop)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Close to siser for lifetime, lived together)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 104)
  • Vocation : Medical : Dentist/ Dental Tech (Dentist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Having Our Say)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Second black woman dentist)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women