"His was a magnificent life,
and yet, how many of us have heard of him?"
--W.E.B. DuBois, The Pittsburgh Courier, July 25, 1936.
"Do not fail to
meet this most extraordinary and intelligent black man."
--President Abraham Lincoln to
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, February 8, 1865
This site was written and
assembled by Jim Surkamp to
make people aware of an important and overlooked historical
This ongoing web site is made possible with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the George Washington Carver Institute, headed by James Tolbert and George Rutherford.
Special thanks to Jim Fisher. And a very special thanks to Laura Neal, Jamie Foor and the rest of the staff of the Ruth Scarborough Library, Shepherd College.
All written portions are by James Surkamp and donated for the public domain.
Contact Jim Surkamp for suggestions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delany's writings included herein legally fall into the public domain and thus can be reproduced and disseminated.