The Colored Schools

October 23, 1866


The Dispatch publishes another report on the education available to African-Americans in the city. There are three main schools that are educating black citizens ranging in age from thirteen to thirty. Around 1000 black citizens are enrolled in one of these schools.


The Colored Schools.--The colored schools are very full just now. At the African Church there is a school of 250 scholars, conducted by Miss M. A. Howe and Miss Carrie Emory. In the basement, the school is conducted by Miss Annie B. Hancock, and has fifty scholars. Both of these schools are conducted admirably by the ladies in charge. The school at Dill's bakery, corner of Clay and Foushee streets, has 400 scholars. The Ebenezer school has 300 scholars. The average age of the scholars is between thirteen and thirty years. An exhibition will take place tonight at the African church in behalf of Miss Hancock's school. A colored man who has visited Europe will deliver a lecture, and some views from a magic lantern will be shown. Mrs. Gibbons, a Quaker lady, from Philadelphia, is in control of the institution.
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