Last Surviving Black Man, Daniel Smith, dies at 90

Daniel Smith was the last living person who was born to black men enslaved during the civil war. He was dead at Sibley hospital in Washington, DC.

The last Black man surviving descendant dies at 90

Daniel R. “Dan” Smith, Sr. passed away on October 19, 2022, at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC, making him possibly the last surviving descendant of a Black man held as a slave during the Civil War.

He demonstrates that slavery is a recent historical event. On Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 11 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Rd. NW, Washington, DC, will host a Requiem Mass for Dan. A public viewing will take place in the church from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. before the service. Private interment will take place at Congressional Cemetery.

Early Life

Daniel Smith was born on march 11,1932 in Winsted, Conn, He was 90 years old at the time of his death. He holds an American nationality and he belongs to the black race. His Zodiac sign is Pisces.

Daniel Smith Age

Daniel Smith’s Father was Abram smith and his mother was Clara Wheeler smith. William and Augusta are his grandparents. Talking about his Siblings Marion, Abram (Abe), Jenny, Henrietta (Hennie), and Margaret were of them. Dan was six years old when his janitor’s father was killed by a car, leaving Dan’s mother penniless.

About Daniel Smith’s relationship

Daniel Smith was married to his first wife Sandra Hawkins (Bjork) and together they shared 2 children.

  1. Daniel R. (Rob) Smith, Jr.(Son)
  2. April (Smith) Motaung. (Daughter)

And later he married his current wife Loretta.

Daniel Smith’s education

Daniel Smith attended veterinary school at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.


Daniel Smith lived a life filled with contacts with pivotal periods in Black history, from the March on Washington to Barack Obama’s inaugural address. He is also a retired employee, Though, He dreamed to be a veterinarian. Before being embroiled in the civil rights struggle, he pursued graduate studies at Alabama’s historically Black Tuskegee Institute.

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Daniel also worked as a veterinarian’s assistant, putting in long hours before and after school. He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War, intending to be assigned to a K-9 unit. However, the armed services were still in the process of desegregation, and he was informed that such work was not available to Black people.

Now we’re looking at Dan’s incredible life and his character strengths, courage, fortitude, perseverance, and dignity, which he attributes to his father, who told him “We survived the ships. You are strong, and don’t ever forget it!”

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