John Chavis Highway Historical Marker

  • Address: East St. at Worth St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

About

John Chavis (ca. 1762-1838) was a prominent free black preacher and educator who settled in Raleigh around 1810 and taught children of all races from his home, near present-day Chavis Park. Chavis had fought in the Revolutionary War at the age of 16 and gone on to study at Washington & Lee and Princeton Universities. The marker, originally approved and erected in 1938 (at the centennial of Chavis's death), was the first one in the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program dedicated to African American history.

  • About

    John Chavis (ca. 1762-1838) was a prominent free black preacher and educator who settled in Raleigh around 1810 and taught children of all races from his home, near present-day Chavis Park. Chavis had fought in the Revolutionary War at the age of 16 and gone on to study at Washington & Lee and Princeton Universities. The marker, originally approved and erected in 1938 (at the centennial of Chavis's death), was the first one in the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program dedicated to African American history.

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