Miss Henrietta Davis of UNIA Buried in D.C.


Funeral services for Miss Henrietta Vinton Davis, 65, elocutionist, dramatic art and music teacher, and
Universal Negro Improvement Association official, were held Wednesday afternoon at the A.S. Pope Funeral Home, with the Rev. I.M. Gray officiating.

Henrietta Vinton Davis with UNIA commissioners in 1924 sent to Liberia in 1924

Henrietta Vinton Davis with UNIA commissioners sent to Liberia in 1924

Miss Davis died Sunday morning after a lengthy illness.  The body was interred at Harmony Cemetery.  She is survived only by a cousin, Mrs. Georgianna Jackson of 721 Dolphin Street, Baltimore.

Studied in Europe

Miss Davis, a native of Baltimore, attended public schools in Washington, became a teacher at 15 and shortly thereafter went abroad and studied elocution and drama at institutions in France, London and Germany.

In 1921, she began her work in the West Indies as fourth assistant president-general of the UNIA, serving at outposts in South and Central America, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Port au Prince, Haiti; Trinidad and Jamaica.

Made World-Wide Tours

In 1929, she became assistant president-general, serving directly under the late Marcus Garvey, founder of the movement.  While he went to London, she remained in Kingston, B.W.I., until the following year when she returned to the United States.

Miss Davis made world-wide tours, giving lectures in the interest of the UNIA until ill health forced her retirement.

— taken from the Washington Afro, November 29, 1941 page 5

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