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Delany, Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” (03 September 1891–25 September 1995), and Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delany (19 September 1889–25 January 1999), dentist and schoolteacher, were born in Raleigh, North Carolina, the daughters of Henry Beard Delany, an educator and Episcopal bishop, and Nanny James Logan Delany. Bessie was to become a dentist, and Sadie a schoolteacher; late in life, they gained fame for their published reminiscences. Descended from a mix of black, American Indian, and white lineages, the sisters grew up in a family of ten children in Raleigh on the campus of St. Augustine's, the African-American school where their father, a former slave, served as priest and vice principal. The sisters graduated from St. Augustine's (Sadie in 1910 and Bessie in 1911) at a time when few Americans, black or white, were educated beyond grammar school. “We had everything you could want except money,” recalled Bessie. “We had a good home, wonderful parents, plenty of love, faith in the Lord, educational opportunies—oh, we had a privileged childhood for colored children of the time” ( ...

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Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor. Courtesy of the Clendening History of Medicine Library, University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Taylor, Lucy Beaman Hobbs (14 March 1833–03 October 1910), dentist, was born in upstate New York, near Malone, the daughter of Benjamin Hobbs and Lucy Beaman, farmers. In 1843 her mother died, and her father married Lucy’s aunt, Hannah. Two years later Hannah died, and Lucy’s father enrolled her and another of his ten children in Franklin Academy in Malone. There she boarded and studied for four years, after which time she taught in Brooklyn, Jackson County, Michigan, a frontier community south of Lansing....