The Colored Schools in the Third Ward
November 5, 1866
Another report is published on a school dedicated to teaching black Richmonders. There are classes taught during the day which are made up of children and classes offered at night that focus mainly on adults. The Dispatch seems to have no problem with these schools.
The Colored School in the Third Ward.--The scholars at the negro schools in the Third ward, at what was formerly known as Dill's bakery, number 400. There are several schools, and as soon as the scholars get out of the primary department they take their places in the other schools. The teachers are Miss Bessie Cannedy, Miss M. E. Clarke (niece of ex Governor Clarke of New York), Miss Annie Bullard, Miss Lizzie Knowles, Miss Emma Crouch, Miss Sophie Barrett, Miss Angier, and Mr. H. W. Hovoy. There is a night school attached to the establishment, at which the adults who work during the day are the principal attendants. They number about seventy. The exercises are conducted with perfect system, and the teachers show much interest in the scholars. Mr. Hovey, who teaches in the primary department, informed us, on a visit to that school, that the negroes were obedient and docile, and seemed anxious to learn. The number of scholars is increasing in Miss Cannedy's department--the advanced class--the attendance averages thirty-six per day.
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