DYK on this day in #MoorStory365 that
#JohnChavis, a #moor #educator was born on October 18, 1763. He was born in #NorthCarolina to a legally free family, which allowed him to pursue an education. On November 19, 1800, Chavis graduated with high honors and with a license to preach.
In 1808, John Chavis opened a private school in #Raleigh, North Carolina, where he taught moor and white children. Chavis specialized in #Latin and #Greek, and his school soon gained a reputation for #excellence. Before long, however, white parents protested the presence of black pupils, and Chavis re-arranged his school #smhh, teaching white children during the day and African American children by night. Despite their insistence on segregated classrooms, some of North Carolina’s most powerful whites sent their children to Chavis to be educated. Chavis educated a generation of young North Carolinians including the children of Governor Charles Manly. His academic performance attracted much public attention because it contradicted the belief that Blacks were intellectually inferior to Whites. A dedicated opponent of slavery, John Chavis was an influential abolitionist leader in the South. While a few abolitionists in Virginia and North Carolina were allowed to openly express their views, the Nat Turner-led slave rebellion of August 1831 in Southampton County Virginia made such dissent unacceptable. Virginia and North Carolina passed laws restricting free African American freedom of movement and barred their education. Chavis could no longer practice his professions in North Carolina. Chavis was murdered because of his work to better the lives of blacks. He was survived by his wife, and son, Anderson Chavis. #luvmor #love #melanin