Martin Robison Delany (1812-1885)
Martin Robison Delany was a grandson of Mandingo paternal and maternal grandparents, physician, author, statesmen, the first Black to achieve the rank of Major in the U.S. Army and publisher of The Mystery newspaper. The African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) purchased the newspaper in 1848, and the newspaper became the AME’s biweekly, The Christian Recorder--the oldest Black religious newspaper published in the United States.
He and his wife Catherine A. Richards had eleven children. His famed friend abolitionist Frederick Douglass said of Delany, “I thank God for making me a man, simply, but Delany always thanks Him for making him a Black man.”