Daniel Barclay Williams

Edgar Toppin, Loyal Sons and Daughters: Virginia State
University 1882 to 1992 (Norfolk: Pictorial Heritage
Publishing Company, 1992) page 36 Courtesy of Lucious Edwards, Head of Archives, Virginia State University

Born in Richmond, VA in 1861, Williams graduated from Worcester Academy in Massachusetts in 1880 and then matriculated at Brown University. In 1887 he became Professor of Ancient Languages and Instructor in Pedagogy at Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, now Virginia State University. This was the first state institution in Virginia to offer blacks a classical education. Williams died young at 34 years of age.