DAVIDSON, HENRY DAMON, 1869-1955.

Biography:

Teacher, school administrator. Born– December 16, 1869, Centerville (an early variant spelling of present Centreville).  Parents– Damon and Adaline (Woods) Davidson. Married– Lula Julia Davis, February 16, 1899 (died 1908); (2) Elizabeth M. Campbell McClellan, September 4, 1913. Education– high school classes at Selma University, graduated from Payne University, Selma, 1893; B. S., Tuskegee Institute, 1934; additional study at Hampton Institute, Columbia University and Fisk University. Established the Centerville Industrial Institute in 1900; it became the Bibb County Training School, 1918. Served as teacher and principal of the school for many years.  Active in African Methodist Episcopal church and in community and civic activities. Served as president of the alumni association for Payne College while it was located in Selma. Honorary Master’s Degree, Selma University. Died 1955.

Sources:

Ellison, Rhoda Coleman.  Bibb County, Alabama:  The First Hundred Years.  University of Alabama Press, 1984.

Inching Along.

Publication(s):

Inching Along; or, the Life and Works of an Alabama Farm Boy, an Autobiography. Nashville; National Publication Company, 1944.