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Angela Y. Davis

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Angela Y. Davis

Civil Rights Activist
and former Black Panther

    Benjamin Frank Davis

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    • Father of Angela Y. Davis — 2nd Generation
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • Birth Date:
    • 12 Sep 1909 
    • Birth Location:
    • Linden, Marengo, Alabama 
    • Christening Date:
    • Christening Location:
    • Death Date:
    • Jan 1984 
    • Death Location:
    • Burial Date:
    • Burial Location:
    • Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama 
    • Marriage Date:
    • 9 Jan 1942 
    • Marriage Location:
    • Jefferson County, Alabama 
    • Notes: 
    • Benjamin Frank Davis took the surname of his mother's earlier husband. His father was a white man named Murphy R. Jones. This was during the Jim Crow era south when relations between races was illegal so Benjamin's true parentage was kept a secret. Benjamin's biological father Murphy Jones was discovered through DNA testing and revealed on the PBS show Finding Your Roots by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

      Benjamin Frank Davis's birth year is given as 1908 on his tombstone.

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Angela Y. Davis photo by Bernard Gotfryd