Dr. William S. Lofton (1862-1919)

Today marks the death of Dr. William S. Lofton (1862-1919), a prominent African-American layman and dentist in Washington, D.C. As a young man he emigrated to the District from Batesville, Arkansas. In 1886 he graduated from Spencerian Business College and two years later from Howard University’s Dental College. His dental practice, located on M Street [Read More...]

Sisters of the Holy Family, 1917

This wonderful photo, dating back to 1917, shows the community that Henriette Delille founded. The caption reads: “COLORED SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY. The Holy Family Convent at New Orleans has eight Catholic schools in Louisiana and two in Texas. The students are taught Industrial Art, Embroidery, Music, etc., and become very efficient.” [Read more...]

Henriette Delille, African-American Foundress

As Black History Month comes to a close, it’s a good time to mention Henriette Delille (1813-1862), foundress of the second community for African-American women. (The first was the Oblates Sisters of Providence in 1829.) Born in 1813 to a white Creole and his African-American mistress, she grew up in the city’s free Black community. [Read More...]