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African-American actress and activist Henrietta Vinton Davis born in Baltimore, Maryland

Henrietta Vinton Davis, detail
08/15/1860
Henrietta Vinton Davis was born in Baltimore, educated in Washington DC, and began her working life as a teacher.  After a time as the first African-American woman employed at the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, she then developed at sterling career on the stage with dramatic recitations that gave her a national reputation.  Much of her later life was taken up with work in the African Redemption Movement of Marcus Garvey.  (By John Osborne)    
Source Citation: 
Errol Hill, "Henrietta Vinton Davis: Shakespearean Actress," in Helen Krich Chinoy (ed.), Women in American Theater (New York: Crown Publishers, 1981), 83-89

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