Renty was called “The black African” when he was alive because he was born in Congo, Africa, the Congo. Renty also read from the Bible. Renty lived on a cotton plantation in Columbia, South Carolina, that was owned by Benjamin Franklin Taylor. “Papa Renty” took the name Renty Taylor after the Civil War. It’s unknown when he died. Tamara Lanier said: “Most importantly, I want the true story of who Renty is to be told. That’s all I’ve ever asked for.” Read Renty Biography and Profile.