Elizabeth Chavis (1913–2003)
Teacher, advocate for justice
“I lived for the complete vindication of [the Wilmington l0[. God has turned our night into day.
Elizabeth Chavis, was a member of a notable North Carolina family, herelf married into the family of a famous NC school master (John Chavis) and mother of Ben Chavis whose conviction as a member of the so-called Wilmington l0 was overturned in 1981 and became a chapter in the state’s long history of race discord. Elizabeth Chavis was well-known in her own right as a teacher for more than thirty years.