D. Webster Davis was an African American clergyman, lecturer, and author. Born into slavery in either Caroline or Hanover County, after the Civil War he attended public school in Richmond. Beginning in 1880, he taught there for 33 years, first at Navy Hill school and then the Baker school, and was active in the Richmond Colored Young Men’s Christian Association. In 1895 he published a volume entitled Idle Moments, Containing Emancipation and Other Poems, which voiced the struggles of his generation. He also later wrote two other books on the accomplishments of African Americans, including one about the Negro Exhibition at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition.
Geographic Location: Richmond (City)
Physical Description of Location: near 910 N. 7th Street, Richmond, VA 23219
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