Brawley, Benjamin Griffith, 1882-1939

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Professor of English and writer on African American literary and social history; faculty member at Howard University and Morehouse College; president of Alabama Baptist Normal and Theological School.

From the description of Benjamin Griffith Brawley papers, 1917-1936. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 741693799

  • 1882, April 22: Born to Edward M. and Margaret Saphronia (Dickerson) Brawley, in Columbia, S.C.
  • 1898 - 1901 : Attended Atlanta Baptist College (Morehouse College), Atlanta, GA. Received a B.S. degree.
  • 1901: Taught in Georgetown, Florida.
  • 1902: Served as Instructor of English, Morehouse College.
  • 1906 - 1910 : Served as Professor of English, Morehouse College.
  • 1906: Received an A.B. degree, University of Chicago, IL.
  • 1908: Received an A.M. degree, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • 1910 - 1912 : Served as Professor of English, Howard University.
  • 1912: Served as Dean of Morehouse College. Married Hilda Damaris Prowd, of Kingston, Jamaica.
  • 1920: Journeyed to Liberia to do a study of the republic.
  • 1921, June 2: Ordained as a Baptist minister in Boston, MA.
  • 1923 - 1931 : Served as Professor of English at Shaw University, Raleigh, NC.
  • 1931: Accepted a Professorship at Howard University.
  • 1939 Feb. 1: Died in Washington, D.C.
  • 1851, Mar. 18: Born to James M. and Ann L. Brawley (both parents free) in Columbia, S.C.
  • 1870: Entered Howard University, as the first theology student.
  • 1871 - 1875 : Attended Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, (being the first black student) received a B.A. degree.
  • 1871: Licensed to preach in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • 1875: Ordained a Baptist minister. Commissioned by the American Baptist Publication Society to South Carolina as a missionary; organized the State Sunday School Convention.
  • 1877: Married Mary Dorrick, of Lynchburg, VA. (died 1878).
  • 1878: Received a M.A. degree, Bucknell University.
  • 1879: Married Margaret S. Dickerson, of Columbia, S.C.
  • 1883: Elected President of Alabama Baptist Normal and Theological School (Selma University).
  • 1885: Received an honorary Doctor of Divinity, State University of Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1887: Began publication of the Baptist Tribune, a weekly newspaper.
  • 1890: Accepted the call to pastorate the First Baptist Church of Petersburg, Virginia the oldest colored Baptist Church in the U.S.
  • 1891: Elected President of the National Baptist Convention.
  • 1923: Died in Raleigh, N.C.

From the guide to the Benjamin Griffith Brawley Collection, 1917-1936, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Brawley, Benjamin Griffith, 1882-1939. Papers of Benjamin Griffith Brawley, 1928-1938. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers of William Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite [manuscript] 1904-1935 (1958). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938. James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson papers, circa 1850-2005 (bulk 1900-1976). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906. Paul Laurence Dunbar collection, 1892-1902. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication. 1882-1931. Houghton Library
referencedIn Phelps-Stokes Fund. Phelps-Stokes Fund records, 1893-1970. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. Mary Church Terrell papers, 1851-1962 (inclusive), 1886-1954 (bulk) [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn John F. Slater Fund. James Hardy Dillard correspondence and administrative records, 1904-1940. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Benjamin Griffith Brawley Collection, 1917-1936 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. Mary Church Terrell papers, 1851-1962 (bulk 1886-1954). Library of Congress
referencedIn Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960 (inclusive), 1892-1958 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson papers, circa 1850-2005, 1900-1976 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. William Stanley Braithwaite collection, 1899-1939. Morgan State University
creatorOf Dillard, Avarene Lippincott. Papers of the Dillard family, 1717-1964. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Sadie P. Delaney papers, 1921-1958 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Mary Church Terrell Papers, 1851-1962, (bulk 1886-1954) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Richard Gaither Walser Papers, 1918-1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Brawley, Benjamin Griffith, 1882-1939. Benjamin Griffith Brawley papers, 1917-1936. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
creatorOf Delaney, Sadie P., 1889-1958. Sadie P. Delaney papers, 1921-1958. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960, 1892-1958 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn John and Lugenia Hope papers, 1888-1947. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Phelps-Stokes Fund records, 1893-1970 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
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Relation Name
associatedWith Alabama Baptist Normal and Theological School corporateBody
associatedWith Arnett, Trevor, 1870-1955, person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. person
associatedWith Brawley, E. M. (Edward Macknight), b. 1851. person
associatedWith Delaney, Sadie P., 1889-1958. person
associatedWith Dillard, J. H. (James Hardy), 1856-1940. person
associatedWith Dillard University. corporateBody
associatedWith Dunbar, Matilda. person
associatedWith Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906. person
associatedWith Fauset, Arthur Huff, 1899-1983. person
associatedWith Favrot, Leo Mortimer, 1874-1949, person
associatedWith General Education Board (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Grimke, Francis J. (Francis James), 1850-1937. person
associatedWith Hayes, Roland. person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howard University corporateBody
associatedWith John F. Slater Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938. person
associatedWith Locke, Alain LeRoy, 1886-1954. person
associatedWith Logan, Rayford Whittingham, 1897-1982. person
associatedWith Merrick, John. person
associatedWith Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.) corporateBody
associatedWith Negro Rural School Fund, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Phelps-Stokes Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw University. corporateBody
associatedWith Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958, person
correspondedWith Terrell, Mary Church, 1863-1954. person
associatedWith Walser, Richard Gaither, 1908- person
associatedWith White, Newman Ivey, 1892-1948. person
associatedWith Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Alabama
Lewisburg (Pa.)
Pennsylvania--Lewisburg
South Carolina
Subject
Churches
African Americans--Intellectual life
African Americans--Education (Higher)
African Americans--Books and reading
African Americans--Education
Baptists
Theological seminaries
African American missionaries--Biography
African American Baptists--Clergy--Biography
African American educators--Biography
African American clergy--Biography
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Birth 1882-04-22

Death 1939-02-01

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