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Boyd, Francis A.

(born: 1844  -  died: 1872) 

Francis A. Boyd was born in Lexington, KY to Nancy and Samuel Boyd, free African Americans. The family would move to Louisville where Francis A. Boyd was raised, according to the account notes on his U.S. 
Freedman's Bank Records (Ancestry) [source: Record #6557]. Francis Boyd was a minister. He had two brothers, one of whom was George Taylor, who made a $4 deposit in the bank account on July 29, 1873.

In Louisville, Francis was a schoolteacher [source: p. 106 in Caron's Annual Directory of the City of Louisville for 1872]. Prior to teaching, he was a sergeant with the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War; he had enlisted in Louisville June 23, 1864 with Company I, US Colored Troops 109th Infantry Regiment [source: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky (Ancestry)].

Reverend Boyd is the author of Columbiana: or, The North Star, Complete in One Volume [A Poem] published in Chicago by the Steam Job and Book Printing House of G. Hand in 1870; the publication a  69-page publication [source: Catalogue of books added to the Library of Congress during the year 1871, vol. 5, 1872]. The work is described by Kentucky author Houston A. Baker, Jr. as "an allegory on the national strife of the Civil War period." - - on p. 67 of the article "Balancing the perspective, a look at early Black American Literary Artistry" in Negro American Literature Forum, vol. 6, no. 3, (Autumn 1972), pp. 63-71. A. G. Ullyatt includes Francis A. Boyd in his look at the history of the 19th Century long poem [source: "The Hum of omissions/the chant of vacancies: prologue to a study of the American Long Poem Tradition and the contribution of some Nineteenth-Century Afro-American poets," American Studies International, vol. 34, no. 1, (April 1996), pp. 43-54]. 

Francis A. Boyd's biography and criticism can be found in Early Black American Poets, pp. 76-77. For more see Black American Writers Past and Present: a biographical and bibliographical dictionary, by Rush, Myers, & Arta.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Baker, Houston A., Jr.
NKAA Source: Columbiana: or, The North Star, complete in one volume
NKAA Source: Early black American poets; selections with biographical and critical introductions
NKAA Source: Black American writers past and present: a biographical and bibliographical dictionary
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Catalogue of books added to the Library of Congress during the year 1871
NKAA Source: Negro American literature forum (journal)
NKAA Source: American studies international (journal)
NKAA Source: Caron's directory of the city of Louisville (annual)

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