Martin R. Delany
Free African-American, born 1812 in Charles Town. Died 1885. Ability to read forced family to move to PA in 1822. Studied medicine and attended Harvard in 1850. Published Mystery, first black newspaper west of Allegh. 1843-47, & co-edited North Star with Frederick Douglass to promote and aid abolitionist cause. Comm. major, highest ranking African-American field officer in Union Army, in 1865.
Erected 2003 by WV Celebration 2000, West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
Location. 39° 17.369′ N, 77° 51.606′ W. Marker is in Charles Town, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on George Street (West Virginia Route 115) north of Washington Street (West Virginia Route 51), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: SW side of the Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town WV 25414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Charles Washington (a few steps from this marker); Explore the Washington Heritage Trail / Afoot in Historic Charles Town (a few steps from this marker);
More about this marker. Marker was formerly located at 39.294437N 77.844979W, in front (south) of The Inn of Charles Town, on the left while traveling east on Washington Street (West Virginia 51).
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Also see . . . Martin R. Delany (1812–1885). (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,619 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on October 18, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on October 18, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on May 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4, 5. submitted on May 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 6. submitted on October 18, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.