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Clarksville’s Black History: Rev. Wilbur Nathan Daniel

First Black male graduate of Austin Peay
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courtesy of Austin Peay State University

Wilbur Nathan Daniel was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on Jan. 2, 1918. His connection to Clarksville came through his appointment as pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church in 1949.

Before his appointment as pastor, Daniel earned a bachelor of theology degree from American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville after being appointed as pastor at Pilgrim Emmanuel Baptist Church there. He later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University.

While a pastor at St. John’s Baptist Church, Daniel applied for admission to Austin Peay State University, until that time a segregated university. Daniels was admitted and earned a Master of Arts degree in 1957. He as the first Black male graduate of APSU. While in Clarksville, Daniel fought for new equipment and schools for Black students.

Daniel moved to Chicago in 1957 to become pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Daniel became active in civic and religious affairs, including as president of the Chicago branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He remained pastor at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church for more than 40 years until his retirement.

Daniel died on Oct. 26, 1999.

Austin Peay named its African-American Cultural Center in his honor in 1991. For more information, visit the Center’s website.

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