D. Webster Davis was a teacher, poet, and lecturer in Richmond and Manchester. Born into slavery, Davis became a teacher in 1879, working in Richmond public schools for thirty-three years. In 1896 he was ordained a pastor. He also worked as an editor in the 1890s, but his literary ambitions centered mostly on poetry. His first collection was published in 1895 and a second two years later.
Davis often used dialect and a sly wit to carry its argument and addresses racial inequality by focusing on family, religion, and education.
De Linin’ ub De Hymns
By Daniel Webster Davis