About Lylburn Downing, slave
... Rev. Downing’s spiritual development was strongly influenced by General Thomas ”Stonewall” Jackson. General Jackson had taught Reverend Downing’s parents in a Sunday school class.
- Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend
- Jackson’s ‘colored Sunday school’ class "... Downing’s actions also transcended the political. Mr. Reinhold noted that the Rev. Lylburn Downing, “like the Samaritan woman at the well, was willing to recognize the truth of what he had been taught through the work of someone who did not share his own background — but who had affirmed the dignity and worth of his parents. This pastor grew up hearing of how Deacon Jackson’s faith had compelled him to share it with others, and in his own turn Reverend Downing became an evangelist of the true worship of God.”"