JOSEPHINE DELPHINE HENDERSON HEARD was born the daughter of North Carolina slaves, on October 11, 1861.
Heard received a good education, taught school and married Bishop William Henry Heard, with whom she traveled throughout the world.
She showed great promise in education especially for reading and writing. As a result she was encouraged to pursue poetry and in 1890 published a collection of poems entitled "Morning Glories."
Heard died in the early 1920's.