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Henrietta Cordelia Ray

(1859–1916) Cordelia was an African-American poet and scholar. She is the daughter of Charles and Charlotte B Ray, both of whom were early social activists working to abolish enslavement and win the right to vote for African-Americans and women. She was the sister of Charlotte E. Ray, who was the first female African-American attorney in the US. Cordelia and Charlotte both attended National Women Suffrage Association meetings.

Cordelia's ode "Lincoln" was read at the unveiling of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, DC, in April 1876.


Cypress Hills Cemetery

Possibly Section 2

833 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208

Kings County

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