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Delany, Lemuel, 1920-

Biography:

Lemnuel Delany was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1920 to a prominent African American family, the son of a doctor and a speech teacher. After finishing high school, Delany stayed in Raleigh for a few years, working as a garbage man and a lifeguard. Because of lack of economic opportunities, Delany moved to New York in 1942, where he lived in Harlem. Delany remained in New York for nearly sixty years before resettling in Raleigh. In New York, he worked briefly in a factory before establishing a career as a funeral director. He is the nephew of Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany and Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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