John Chavis (1763-1838), a free-born African American veteran of the American Revolution was a native of Granville County, North Carolina. He was also one of the first college-educated men of color in the United States. Chavis studied at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1792 and attended Liberty Hall Academy (present-day Washington and Lee University) by 1796. The Lexington Presbytery licensed him to preach in 1800. Chavis returned to North Carolina where he taught free blacks in the evenings and white students by day. One of the latter was Willie P. Mangum who became a U.S. Senator from North Carolina.
Year On Marker: 2006
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Geographic Location: Lexington
Physical Description of Location: Lexington, VA 24450. Located on West Washington Street, less than 1/5 of a mile west of the intersection of West Washington Street and North Jefferson Street (Hwy 11). Marker is on the left when traveling west on West Washington Street.
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