John W. Ligon (1869-1925)
John William Ligon, for whom Ligon High School was named, attended Shaw University and then got a degree in theology from Chicago. He came back to Raleigh to be a very influential pastor at Tupper Memorial Baptist Church in 1901. He was a pastor who said to be strong and to stand up for oneself. From 1901 to 1919 he was principal at Crosby-Garfield School. He was kicked out from that job in 1919 because he "dared to be a man." He and some other Black friends decided to stand up for their rights run for some public offices. Officials thought of this unheard of and kicked him out of his job as a principal.
He was a very religious man. He read the bible to his kids every night. He always encouraged his kids to learn and read good books. Ligonís household always had good and up to date books, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
He did a lot of good for his neighborhood. He got rid of all the trash and prostitutes that lingered near his house. His area of town was always a safe area to be in.
At one point in time, John Ligon was an editor for the Union Reformer, a Baptist newspaper. The place where he went to work was a great safe area of town run by Blacks. In the newspaper, at the church altar, and at home he was always preaching positive thoughts that would make the world a better place.