Aug. 27, 1922 Nashville Davidson County Tennessee, USA
Born a slave named Dick Gray ,he lived at the Gray plantation in Noxubee County, Mississippi and later when B.A. Gray started a plantation in Texas Boyd lived and worked there.B.A. Gray and his three sons joined the Texas Volunteers in the Conferate Army,Boyd went along as a servant.B.A. Gray and his two of his sons were killed in near Chattanooga Tennessee,the youngest son was severely wounded and was brought back to Texas by Boyd who took over running the plantation.After the death of the head of the family,Boyd changed his name from Dick Gray to Richard Henry Boyd and in 1869 became a Baptist Minister and organized the Negro Baptist Convention of Texas.He later moved to Nashville Tennessee and was not only a promenient business man but also an Author.He works include-Plantation Melody Songs, Theological Kernals, An Outline of Negro Baptist History, and The Story of the Publishing Board.As a business man he founded The Nashville Globe newspaper,the National Baptist Church Supply Company, the National Negro Doll Company and was one of the founders of One Cent Savings Bank in Nashville.