1902 – He was born on the 13th of October in Alexandria, La., U.S.
1923 – He graduated from Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, Bontemps taught in New York.
– His poetry began to appear in the influential black magazines Opportunity and Crisis.
1931 – His first novel, God Sends Sunday, about a jockey who was good with horses but inadequate with people, is considered the final work of the Harlem Renaissance.
1936-1939 – Bontemps’ next two novels were about slave revolts in Virginia in Black Thunder and in Haiti in Drums at Dusk.
1943 – He went to Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., where he served as head librarian for more than two decades.
1973 – He died on the 4th of June in Nashville, Tenn.