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Catherine A. R. Delany, circa 1870.
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The daughter of a wealthy African-American butcher in Pittsburgh and his Irish wife, Catharine A. Richards married Martin Delany in 1843. Catherine gave birth to seven children, seven of whom lived to adulthood, and helped her husband with sales of his abolitionist newspaper The Mystery, and worked with him in the back to Africa emigration movement in the 1850s. 

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