Members of Cane River Chapter for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), held their first meeting of the year via Zoom on Sept. 15. National Defense Chair Julie Delphin gave a presentation on Robert Smalls, an American politician, publisher, businessman and naval pilot. He was born April 5, 1839 into slavery in Beaufort, SC, Mr. Smalls freed himself, his family, his crew, and their families during the Civil War by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, the CSS Planter, and piloting it to Union-controlled waters, where it later became a Union warship. He became the first black member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina.
The National DAR Day of Service is on or around Oct. 11 each year. Due to CO-VID 19, the chapter is limited to ideas for a “chapter service project.” Members decided to collect items and put together a “care package” to a deployed person. Items will be collected, packaged and mailed by Oct. 31.
The meeting’s guest speaker was Ms. Reisha Raney. She is the Organizing Secretary of the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution and an Honorary Regent of the Harmony Hall Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Her patriot ancestor is Thomas Turpin of Virginia. She is a direct descendant of President Thomas Jeffersons’ grandfather. She is the creator of daughterdialogues.com, a website that explores the contemporary lives of members of color in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
(PLEASE NOTE: This site is not an official NSDAR website, and the content contained herein does not necessarily represent the position of the NSDAR. The President General is the official spokesperson of NSDAR.)
Ms. Rainey earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from Spelman College and a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the President and Founder of Encyde Corporation, a Fort Washington-based engineering company, currently ranked in the top 4% of all women owned businesses in the United States.
Many people are not aware of the fact that the DAR has members of color or that men and women of color contributed to the American Revolutionary War. Ms. Raney is also a Non-resident fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, at Harvard University under the direction of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. At this year’s first Virtual 129th DAR Continental Congress’ opening night ceremony, the prestigious DAR Media and Entertainment Award was presented to the PBS program, “Finding Your Roots” host, Dr. Gates.
Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible to join. Daughters are vibrant, active women who are passionate about community service, preserving history, educating children, as well as honoring and supporting those who serve our nation. To learn more about the membership process and to fill out a membership interest form you may contact Cane River Chapter Regent Peggy Aycock at email@example.com.