Erected in tribute to
Martin Robinson Delany
Born free May 6, 1812
Lawrence and North Streets
Charles Town, VA (W VA)
Son of Samuel Delay (slave)
and Patti Peace Delany (free)
grandson of African prince
Prince Hall Mason
physician, scientist, inventor,
African explorer, newspaper publisher
& editor, author, trial justice;
Major in Union Army
first and highest ranked Black field officer
during Civil War
appointed by President Abraham Lincoln
Honorable E.M. Stanton, Secretary of War, February 18, 1865.
"Do not fail to have an interview with this
most extraordinary and intelligent Black man"
"I thank God for making me a man, but Delaney always
thanks him for making him a Black man"
"His was a magnificent life, yet, how many of us
have heard of him?"
Dedicated August 7, 1999 A.D., 5999 A.L.