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date: 08 August 2020

Vann, Robert Leelocked

(29 Aug. 1879–24 Oct. 1940)
  • Clint C. Wilson II


Vann, Robert Lee (29 Aug. 1879–24 Oct. 1940), African American newspaper publisher, editor, and civil rights leader, was born in Ahoskie, North Carolina, to Lucy Peoples and an unidentified father. (Although some sources list his birth date as 27 August, Vann recorded it as 29 August on his World War I draft registration card). His mother was a former slave who worked as a cook on the Albert Vann family farm. His physical characteristics—light skin, straight hair, sharp facial features—suggested his father was likely a white man....

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