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Henry Francis Downing 1916

Henry Francis Downing


Born in New York City


Served for a year as US Consul in Saint Paul de Loanda, Portuguese West Africa under President Cleveland in the 1880s.


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"Henry Francis Downing (Henry F. Downing), (1846 – 1928), was an African American sailor, politician, dramatist and novelist. He served in the U.S. Navy (1864-1865 and 1872-1875). In 1887, Grover Cleveland appointed him consul to Luanda, Angola, but Downing resigned in 1888. In 1895, Downing traveled to London, where he remained until 1917. While in London, he published several plays and a novel, The American Cavalryman: A Liberian Romance (1917).


Downing lived in New York City during his final years. Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux based two films on Downing's literary work. Micheaux's Thirty Years Later (1928) is based on a story/novella by Downing, and the film A Daughter of the Congo (1930) is based on Downing's The American Cavalryman"

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Taken on April 18, 2010