- David H. Anthony
YMCA secretary, missionary, theologian, and anti-Communist ideologue, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of Elizabeth Yeargan, a literate seamstress. Nothing is now known about his father. The family name has appeared variously as “Yeargin,” “Yeargan,” “Yergin,” “Yergan,” and even “Yergen.” The spelling “Yergan” was apparently adopted during his early adulthood, while there is evidence that his mother employed “Yeargan” until at least the second decade of the twentieth century.
Raised by his mother and maternal grandfather Frederick Yergan, Max Yergan grew up in a household in which Christian values held sway This was evident in his attendance at the St Ambrose Episcopal Parish School and Shaw Institute now Shaw University Frederick Yergan served as both deacon and trustee of the Baptist church from which Shaw grew years later Max recalled his zeal in seeing his grandson become a missionary to our ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.