William A. Yancey of Virginia - Reverand and Educator in the early Colored Schools of the state.
From: Twenty-two Years' Work of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute at Hampton, Virginia By By Hampton
"Records of Negro and Indian Graduates and Ex-students." 1893
Yancey, Wm. A Born 1850 in Caswell Co., NC
"In 1873 I organized a school in Pittsylvania Co., VA in a new house built in the woods. This was the first colored public school, taught by a colored teacher, in that county. I remained there four years and taught two hundred and fifty scholars. At that time, there were very few colored people in the neighborhood who could read at all. When I left, a great many could read the Bible readily. I had a flourishing sunday school, attended by young and old, a Temperance Society, that did good service reforming men and women, and a Debating Club for the enjoyment of young men, to keep them from the bar rooms and places of dissipation. In Feb 1878 I organized another school in the same county and taught there four years with similar results: Had two hundred pupils. In 1881 I went to Danville, VA where I am now teaching. I am supt of two Sabbath Schools, morning and Evening. Temperance moves slowly - most of the colored people are doing pretty well, many have neat little homes - all paid for. Compared with 15 years ago I find a great contrast.
A reference to William Yancey is also found in "Postcard History Series - Danville, Virginia" By Clara G Fountain - page 75 where he is referred to as Danville, Virginia's first African American principal in 1881.